Soccer Keep Away Training Drill

Keep Away

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Possession, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • grid (20yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnie to carry for defender


  • attackers attempt to keep ball away from defender by passing
  • if the ball goes out of bounce or is won by the defender last attacker to have touched the ball switches role with defender


  • 5v2, 5v3, 4v2, 3v1
  • if defender allows a certain number of (one-touch) passes or nutmeg he is to stay in the middle one extra round
  • limited number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • constant movement
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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