Soccer Keep Away In 2 Grids Training Drill

Keep Away In 2 Grids

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • groups of 8
  • 3 grids (15yds x 15yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • players in red keep the ball away from the two white players inside the grid
  • if defenders win the ball, they pass it to the other grid, join their teammates and play 4v2 against two red players in that grid


  • limit number of touches
  • play 5v2, 5v3 etc.
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • vision
  • communication
  • quick decision making
  • constant movement
  • first touch
  • create supporting angles

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