Players practice passing and receiving against two defenders.

circle two soccer passing drill
Players pass back and forth while trying to keep the ball away from two defenders.

Set Up

  • Players stand around the edge of a circle.
  • Two defenders stand in the middle of the circle.


  1. Players on the edge of the circle attempt to pass the ball back and forth while the two players in the middle try to steal the ball.
  2. If a defensive player steals the ball he or she goes to offense and the player who made the pass that was stolen goes to defense.

Coaching Tips

When receiving a pass under pressure, the players first touch should be to push the ball away from the defender.

Players should be positioning themselves so that their body is between the ball and the defender.