Soccer Game Changer Scrimmage Training Drill

Game Changer Scrimmage

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 cone goals on each side line (3-4yds)
  • 2 reg. goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • each team is assigned one side line (with cone goals) and one reg. goal to defend
  • teams start by playing on goals with goalies only
  • on coach’s command teams continue game on cone goals only
  • coach changes direction of play every 3-4 min.
  • switch goalkeepers if necessary


  • teams defend reg. goal and cone goals simultaneously
  • adjust size and/or number of cone goals
  • add a neutral player who cannot score
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • quick finish on goal
  • quick transition
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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