Players work in pairs aiming to pass the ball to each other between sets of cones and avoiding the other pairs.


Aim: To improve control and 1st touch

Suitable for: U9’s and upwards

Equipment: Marked area, 10 cones, 2 balls for 4 players

Organisation:  In a square players work in pairs, 2 pairs to a box. 3 cone gates are placed in the area. To score a point a player must pass through a gate to partner, the players then pass the ball towards and through another gate. Continuous practice.


  • Increase tempo
  • Limit touches with the emphasis on the quality on the 1st touch towards the next gate
  • Vary distance between players and size of gates

Coaching Points

  • Quality of 1st touch / soft boot
  • Body shape / movement
  • Player alert and on their toes
  • Player to communicate at all times