Soccer Multi Goal Scrimmage Training Drill

Multi Goal 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: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 mini goals
  • 4 cone goals (4-5yds)
  • pinnies


  • each team defends one mini goal and 2 cone goals
  • teams can score on cone goals by dribbling through it
  • teams start defending mini goals only
  • on coach’s command teams defend two designated cone goals only
  • play multiple rounds


  • one team scores on mini goals and the other team on cone goals (on coach’s command teams switch roles /
  • teams switch roles after each goal)
  • coach plays ball in (high/low throw, high/low pass)
  • add neutral player
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quick transitions

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