The Weave

The Weave is a great drill to teach players ball movement and switching the field of play.

The Weave Soccer Drill

Setup

  • Players should create 3 lines at one side of the field, facing the opposite end of the field.
  • A goalie is needed in the net at the opposite end.
  • Each player in the middle line should have a ball.

Instructions

  • The first player in each line starts to run down the field, with the middle player dribbling the ball.
  • The middle player then passes the ball to the right wing player.
  • The passer will then run behind the receiver and become the right wing player, while the receiver will dribble to the middle and then pass the ball to the left wing player.
  • The passer will then run behind the receiver and become the left wing player, while the receiver will dribble to the middle and then pass to the original player.
  • This continues forming a weave pattern.
  • The weave will continue down the field until players reach the 18 yard box at the other end of the field.
  • The last player with the ball takes a shot at the net.

Coaching Tips

  • Players should make lead passes, meaning the ball should be passed ahead of the receiving player in order for them to run onto it.
  • This will help the players get down the field quickly.
  • Players who are overlapping should do so with speed.
  • Make sure the two players who did not take the shot still attack the goal looking for a rebound.
  • If a rebound exists, encourage them to take a shot.

Variations

  • Limit the number of touches to 2 or 3. For example, one touch to receive the ball and the other to pass it.
  • Defenders can be used for added pressure.
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