One of the best ways to beat a defending player is to use a wall pass. It is a simple combination in which a player passes the ball to a teammate, then accelerates past the defender and receives it back. In this post, we describe a simple wall pass drill involving multiple passing combinations.
You don’t need an actual pitch to practice this drill, but you need enough space, cones to mark the pitch, a minimum of 3 mannequins and a good number of balls. Distribute the cones and mannequins as shown in the picture below. If you don’t have mannequins, be creative. For example, instead of mannequins, you can use cones, chairs, anything that difficult passing the ball or even ask injured teammates to stand as defenders.
You can practise this drill with as little as 2 players. On the other hand, you don’t want to have too many players and risk them waiting in line for too long. You want everyone moving constantly. So, if you have too many players, set up two or more training fields. Alternatively, add more mannequins to provide enough room for more players.
The drill objective is to get used to exploit the space behind defending players. To achieve this, two players work on wall passes between the mannequins simulating defenders. The progression of this drill is as follows:
Start slow and increase intensity as players get comfortable. The objective is to complete the sequence as quickly as possible. Have a look at the picture and video below to understand better the full sequence.
Wall passing allows players to keep possession of the ball while moving all over the pitch in small triangles. The wall pass is particularly lethal when executed close to the opposition goal. However, to be effective, timing and a good passing technique are required. Acceleration after completing a pass is also important to provide a new passing option that completes the triangle and defeats the defender. If the player passing the ball does not accelerate quick enough, the receiving player won’t have a passing option and can be tackled or be forced to turn around to find another teammate. This wall pass drill will improve all these aspects:
I hope you find this passing drill useful. If you like this post, please share it with your friends. If you know other exercises or have any questions, leave a comment below.