Keep Away Soccer Passing Drill
Players pass back and forth while trying to keep ball away from a defender.


Players practice making pinpoint passes against defensive pressure.

Set Up

Two players stand on opposite edges of a circle. One player stands in the middle of the circle.


1. Players on the edge of the circle attempt to pass the ball back and forth while the coach or player in the middle tries to steal the ball.

2. If the 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 the ball, players should be using the inside trap, where they “catch” the ball with the inside of the foot.

Passes should be sharp, accurate and on the ground.