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I have coached club soccer and recreation for about 25 seasons and here is one of the games that I created that works well and is a lot of fun. I call it the "Ladder game."  The topic is "inside of the foot passing."

Frank’s Ladder Game

There are two parallel lanes each lane is about 2 or 3 yards wide and the two lanes are about 12 yards from each other (depending on the skill of your players). In the center between the two lanes there is a parallel line of five pair of cone goals which are of one color, say orange. Between each of these cone goals are pairs of another color say yellow. The purpose of the yellow cones is to set off the orange goals.

The final set of the goals is shorter than the other four- say, this one say three feet wide.  (If you don’t have the cones of a second color you can set cones on pinnies to distinguish them.) 

 To start:

Partners have one ball between them. The partners are at the starting point at the base of the opposite lanes. The first pair of partners dribble forward and then pass the ball though the first set of goal cones to the partner in the other lane. If the ball goes through and the partner controls it in their lane it is a successful pass. They then can dribble forward up to the next rung on the ladder to the next goal . As soon as the first partners start by playing the ball the next set of partners can start, etc.  

 The partners return to the starting point if: 1) they successfully negotiate all five goals (get a point), or 2) if a player make an errant pass not through the goals, or 3).  If a ball dies before it gets to the partner. The game is continuous.

 The lanes distance should not be so distant that accuracy is sacrificed for power.

Remember the three coaching points for passing with the inside of the foot: 1) support foot even with the ball on contact, 2) ankle on kicking foot locked with toe above heel, and 3) kicking foot follows through in a straight line toward the target without crossing the support foot.

 Tell your players it will improve their performance if they target their partner’s feet instead of the middle of the goal cones.

 The game could eventually require passing with the weak foot.

This game is more challenging for the players than you would expect.  I was surprised when I did this with club soccer girls they refused to bypass other girls until they shot in progressing up the ladder! 

I attempted to insert my diagram here but found the format would not take.
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