Soccer In The Open Space Training Drill

In The Open Space

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Possession, Passing, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (32yds x 32yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • play 4v4
  • grid is divided into four smaller grids as shown
  • teams score by passing to a teammate who runs into an open grid to receive the pass
  • players cannot wait inside a grid to receive the pass


  • play 5v3, 4v2, 6v3 etc.
  • limit number of touches
  • multiple 1v1s (players can only defend a designated player and cannot tackle another attacker)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • communication
  • create supporting angles
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making

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