OBJECTIVE:

To develop good alignment with the cut-out pass and work on passing and catching technique.

EQUIPMENT:

One ball in each group.

GROUP SIZE:

Five in each group.

AREA:

15m x 50–100m.

DRILL SET-UP:

Players are arranged in a mini backline of five players. The ball is with the end player.

DRILL EXPLANATION:

  1. The first pass is thrown as a cut-out from Player A to Player C.
  2. Player C then throws a short pass back inside to Player B.
  3. Player B then throws a cut-out pass to Player D, who in turn passes the ball back inside to Player C.
  4. Player C then throws a cut-out pass to Player E. When the ball reaches the end of the line, the end player throws a cut-out back to Player C.
  5. The drill continues back across the line.

COACHING POINTS:

• Players receiving the ball must accelerate onto it so that all other players are on side.
• Players being cut out should have their hands up and look as if they are receiving the ball.
• All players should always be in a position to receive the ball i.e. players must always be behind the ball.
• The speed of the ball through the hand is important.
• All players should work on running straight for the duration of the exercise.

VARIATIONS / PROGRESSION:

The length of the pass can be increased or decreased depending on the skill level of the players.

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