Soccer Finishing Game # 3 Training Drill

Finishing Game # 3

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 20-25 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • 1 goal with goalie
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • play 5v4
  • the attacking team with 5 players attacks the goal with goalkeeper
  • the defending team with 4 players attempts to pass to the target
  • passes cannot be above head level
  • switch roles after 5-10 minutes


  • play 5v3, 6v5, 6v4 etc.
  • the attacking team must connect 4 passes before they can score
  • the defending team switches roles with attacking team if they complete a pass to the target
  • limit number of touches for attacking team
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group


  • unbalancing the defense
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication


  • positioning to provide cover and balance
  • intercepting pass
  • defending vital space (squeeze toward center)
  • defending space behind
  • tracking players

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