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Football training drills – Tiki Taki progression

Football training drills – Tiki Taki progression. Here is a great progression that will encourage the players to pass, move, support, communicate and play with their heads up. It is also good for defending.

Like all Tiki Taki football drills, you can make the football training session session more challenging to develop the players football skills or easier for younger players, by adjusting the size of the area, increasing or decreasing the number of defenders or by conditioning the players to one, two or three touches.


  • Coach or server with a supply of footballs.
  • Two groups of players – 5 or 6 attackers and 1 or 2 defenders in each group.
  • Organise the players as per the graphic – the size of the circles can vary depending on the age, number and ability of the players.

1 organisation


  • Football Coach or server passes the ball to one of the groups. Initially, the group without the ball can be doing stretches.
  • The attacking players have to keep possession of the ball for a certain number of passes, the number of passes can be varied and is controlled by the coach or server.
  • Once they have completed the number of passes, they switch the ball into the next group and the game continues.
  • If the defenders win the ball, they pass the ball into the coach / server, who quickly passes a ball into one of the groups and the game continues.

2 structure


  • Vary the size of the circle to encourage different types of passing and the ratio between attackers and defenders 5 v 2, 6 v 3 etc
  • Vary the number of passes each group have to complete before switching play to the other group
  • Both groups start with a ball, they both have to complete the agreed number of passes, then they both switch play.
  • Rotate the attackers and defenders often

3 progression

Key Coaching

  • Attackers to be on their toes and alert to move to receive a pass or to support a team mate.
  • Good communication between players and between groups when switching play
  • Accurate, well timed and weighted passes.
  • Attackers to play with their heads up and be aware of what is happening around them.
  • Defenders to work hard, to work as a team and to communicate

4 coaching tips

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