Tony's Soccer School Professional Football Academy Trials

5 Pass Soccer Game

5 pass game

improves passing and receiving skills while encouraging players to find space


Playing ..
  • Split players into 2 even teams (play 4 vs 4 up to 7 vs 7)

  • Mark a large grid with cones (approximately 40 yards x 30 yards)

  • A neutral player is placed at each end of the field.

  • To score a goal, a team must make 5 or more consecutive passes to teammates and then must make the 6th pass to one of the neutral players without the ball being touched by the opposition.

  • After 5 consecutive passes are completed, the players from that team may pass to either neutral player to score, no need to alternate between neutral players.

  • A player (team) does not get credit for a pass if the ball is passed back to the player
    from which it came. (But they still keep possession and play continues)

  • Any time a team is dispossessed of the ball before completing 5 passes, the opposition starts at pass #1.

  • Once the neutral player receives the pass that counts as the goal he/she must pass
    the ball first time (one touch pass) to the same team that scored the goal and that
    team begins play again at pass #1.


 Coaching Points
  • Players keep their heads up, know where your teammates are and pass to the open player.

  • Play quickly

  • Teammates must support the player receiving the pass

    • A minimum of 2 players give close support options
    • A minimum of 1 player gives long support

Thus spreading the defenders and opening the field

  • Players make runs to open space to receive passes

  • Make quick (change of speed) runs to get open to receive a pass.
    (Don't be a Johnny Jogger) who always jogs the same speed and is easy to defend.
 Competition, Variations & Restrictions:
  • Play games to 5 and losing team does 5 jumping jacks

  • Restrict players in the grid to 2 touches ... if a player touches the ball 3 times
    they lose possession of the ball.

  • Restrict players to 1 touch soccer.