Free Soccer Drills



Midfield Combination Play | Technical Practice (36-P1)

Set Up / Organisation
Practice 1 of theme 36 Midfield Combination Play, based on the effectiveness of Barcelona’s Busquets, is a technical practice that focuses on control and passing ability.

36 P1 1


36 P1 2

Set Up / Organisation
A player on the outside of the circle shown must pass the ball into a central player, who must set his teammate with one touch to then play a pass to another outside player. A second ball is then passed to repeat the process, with the passing and setting roles of central players changing.

36 P1 3

Progressions & Constraints | 1
  • Progression | Inside player to make well timed runs around the outside to combine working a few rotations before changing the inside players.

36 P1 4

Progressions & Constraints | 2
  • Progression | Initial passing player replacing an inside player after the combination.

36 P1 5

Progressions & Constraints | 3
  • Progression | Rotational movement between outside players from 2 circles increasing player awareness.
Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Movement to support and combine, linked with game positioning
  • Technical | First touch and weight of pass in combination
  • Social | Communicate inside and outside of circle to speed up combinations

36 P1 6

Player Challenges | 1
  • Quality of the first touch.

36 P1 7

Player Challenges | 2
  • Timing of movement from in to out and vice versa.
Player Challenges | 3
  • Weight and accuracy of passes.