Three players are required.
Two players set themselves 25 to 30 yards apart. Third players stands between them.
The ball starts with one of the outside players (A) and is played into the middle player (X) who plays it back to (A). (A) plays the ball to the other outside player (B) who touches it to (X). (X) plays it back to (B) and (B) plays the ball to (A). A to X to A to B to X to B to A to X to A to B etc.
Turn this into a semi juggling exercise where the players attempt to play the ball in the air and trap/receive the ball. To start with use and even encourage 1 or 2 bounces. Use one to three touches to control the ball and execute a good pass.
Work on passing the ball with proper pace, good direction (hitting the target chosen) and should have a reasonable trajectory, meaning don’t just kick the ball in the air and hope it gets there.
Eventually players will be able to execute this drill using just 1 touch, two touches when necessary or if mandatory. Putting a 2 touch restriction on this drill is great for developing ‘first touch’.
Phase Two. A plays to X, X turns the ball (with 1 to 3 touches) and plays to B. B plays to X, X turns the ball and plays to A. Same restrictions and allowances as above; use the bounce, make good passes, properly paced and well weighted that hit your target on the chest (or thigh or feet).
Excellent for touch and developing passing and receiving. Really focuses on the first touch as players must control the ball in their space and use the first touch to set up the second touch, which could be/should be a pass.