Pass & Touch Away

Set Up

  • Area size – 5m x 5m
  • Footballs – 1
  • Cones – 3
  • Rebound Board/Wall – 1
  • Time – 5 minutes


The player should stand facing directly opposite the wall with the ball at their feet.

The player should begin the drill by kicking the ball towards the wall and reacting to wherever the ball may go. The player should then take their first touch round the outside of the three cones. The player should have a cone on both sides of them as well as one cone behind them. Each cone should be approx. 2 metres away from them. When the player takes a touch towards one of the three cones, they should look to dribble around the cone before returning back to where they started. Throughout the drill, the player should use different ball mastery exercises when receiving the ball. For example, the player could control and play round the cone using the outside of their foot. The player should repeat the drill until they have dribbled around all three cones.

Look to perform 3 sets of this drill. Each set should last for 1 minute. Each set should also be followed by 30 secs rest.

Example of ball mastery exercises

Inside of the foot only

Outside of the foot only

Sole drag

Roll over – Use the sole of the foot to roll over the ball.

Coaching Points

  1. Good first touch when receiving the ball.
  2. Good power & accuracy of passing.
  3. Creativity.

Increasing the level of difficulty:

  • Increase the distance between the cone and the wall.
  • Decrease the size of the area.
  • Increase the distance of the cones on the outside.

Decreasing the level of difficulty:

  • Decrease the distance between the cone and the wall.
  • Increase the size of the area.
  • Decrease the distance of the cones on the outside.