Soccer Keep Away w Transition Training Drill

Keep Away w Transition

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 9+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Passing , Possession

Field Preparation:

  • grid (35yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • 5 attackers versus 2 defenders
  • attackers try to make lofted passes to a target player at the opposite end of the grid as shown
  • attackers must complete 5 passes before passing to target player on opposite end to be awarded a point
  • once the ball is controlled by the target player all attackers and defenders must move into the other half of the
  • playing area where the game resumes
  • rotate defenders often


  • limit number of touches
  • play 4v2, 5v3, 6v3 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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