U16 Practice Plan - Possession and Passing Drills

Practice Date: Monday, March 26th, 2018

This is a 60 minute soccer practice plan for U16 age level. The practice session consists of drills that focus on passing, receiving, moving without the ball, and communication. The outline for the practice is as follows:

  1. Short, Short, Long Ultimate Passing Drill - 7 minutes
  2. 3 vs 1 passing - 12 minutes
  3. Big Square, Small Square Passing Series - 20 minutes
  4. 7 vs. 3 Box Game - 20 minutes

Short Short Long the Ultimate Soccer Passing Drill

Short Short Long the Ultimate Soccer Passing Drill

Short-Short-Long is an essential passing drill for every team.  Setup goups of 3 with 1 ball.  Players 1-2 start less than 10 yards apart and player 3 should be no less that 15 yards away.  Player 1 passed to player 2, player 2 quickly passes back to player 1.  Player 1 makes a long pass to player 3 on the ground or through the air.  Player 1 follows the pass.  Player 3 traps the ball and the drill starts all over.  Player 3 passes to player 1, player one quickly passes back to player 3.  Player 3 makes a long pass to player 2...etc.  Start by passing the ball on the ground.

My Drill Notes: 

This is a good warm up drill. Just give some players time to get in a rythm and ge the feel of the ball.

3 on 1 Passing


Two players are 1 v 1 on a narrow field, with two neutral attackers playing along the end lines. Attacking players score by moving the ball from one end line to the other - receiving from one neutral and then completing a pass to the other neutral. Neutrals may pass to each other, but no points are scored for those passes. As the game progresses, limits can be placed on the number of touches made by the neutrals.


Coaching Point:

1.    Play the ball backwards as opposed to turning right into the defender.

2.    To get open, check away from the intended pass and then check back to the ball.

3.    Direct your first touch away from the defender and turn on him if he comes charging in.



1.    Progress to  2 v 2 plus two. 

Big Square Small Square Passing Series

This drill includes 10 players, 1 soccer ball, and 9 cones or discs.  Players will work on passing and receiving in several different ways, communicating, and staying focused / aware of their surroundings.

The drill starts by player #1 making a pass to player #2 who is checking to them from the small box on the middle.  Player #2 gives the ball right back to player #1 in space as the run towards player #3.  Player #1 will receive the ball and make an immediate pass to player #3 then follow their pass to the back of that line. Player #1 will then run around the cone closest to player #3 and check to them to to receive a pass (see diagram).  Player #3 will make the pass to player #2 and then follow their pass to the middle square.  Player #2 will receive the ball control it 180 degrees aruond the cone and then make a give and go with player #4.  When they receive the ball back from player #4 they will make a one touch pass to player #5 and then follow their pass to the back of that line.  Player #5 will then start the same sequence over again from this position by making a pass to player #4, receiving it back, makeing a pass to player #6, and then following their pass to the back of that line.

The entire drill requires 14 passes to make it back to the original position at line #1 where the drill will start over again.  Players need to be active and communicate well to keep this drill flowing.  Players that will be receiving the ball need to check and call for the ball.  Touch passes into space are also important in the give and go sequences.

7 vs. 3 Box Game

7 vs. 3 Box Game

Set up a square with cones or discs that is about 20 - 25 yards wide.  This is  the boundary for the game.  Two teams of three players each are inside the box.  The "bumpers" or "passers" are along the edges of the square.  These "bumpers" will receive passes from the players inside the box and they will have to pass the ball back to the same team that passed them the ball.  The teams inside the box are playing against each other in a game of keep away.  Each set of 5 consecutive complete passes (to themselves or to the bumpers) records 1 point.  The defending team must take the ball away in order to go on offense.  Players should be working hard without the ball to provide support for the players with the ball.  The ball carrier should always have an option because the team with the ball has the 7 on 4 advantage.