Soccer Finishing Game # 9 Training Drill

Finishing Game # 9

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • middle zone 5-7 yards deep
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • teams play 3v3 in the outer zones
  • players must stay in their designated zone initially
  • a defending player must try to pass to an attacking player who falls back into the neutral zone to receive the ball
  • the passer advances to the neutral zone to support the attack (4v3)
  • one attacker always must be in the neutral zone as a supporting player


  • allow one defender into the neutral zone once the ball is received by an attacker
  • add a neutral player who always starts from the neutral zone
  • limit number of touches for attackers and/or defenders
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group


  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quick finish
  • support position lateral to ball


  • angle and distance of cover
  • changing role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication
  • positioning to provide cover and balance
  • intercepting pass
  • defending vital space (squeeze toward center)
  • defending space behind
  • track players

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