Passing Drills

The Diamond Passing Drill With Third Man

Table of Contents

The diamond passing drill is a dynamic exercise that challenges players to play with speed and precision while focusing on their body positioning and movement both with and without the ball. This drill is suitable for players aged 12 and above, and works best with a group of 6-8 players.


1. Set up a diamond-shaped area on the field, with cones marking the four corners.

2. Divide the players into two teams, with one team starting inside the diamond and the other team positioned outside.

3. The team inside the diamond starts with the ball and their objective is to complete as many passes as possible within a set time limit.

4. The team outside the diamond must apply pressure and try to intercept the passes.

5. Emphasize the importance of quick, accurate passing and encourage players to constantly check their movement and body positioning to create passing angles and options.

6. After a set time, switch the teams so that everyone gets a chance to play both inside and outside the diamond.

7. For an added challenge, try the drill on the left side as well to develop players’ ability to use their weaker foot.


The diamond passing drill not only improves players’ passing technique and speed, but also enhances their awareness of body positioning and movement on the field. By constantly checking their surroundings and adjusting their positioning, players develop a better understanding of the game and become more effective in creating passing opportunities. Additionally, the drill helps players improve their ability to play with both feet, as they are encouraged to use their weaker foot during the exercise.

By incorporating the diamond passing drill into your training sessions, you can help your players develop the skills and mindset necessary to excel in fast-paced, high-pressure game situations.