Soccer Neutral Wing Players Training Drill

Neutral Wing Players

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks one goal
  • each team has two neutral players on the side line
  • neutrals on the side line help the team that has possession
  • neutrals cannot be challenged unless they dribble into the grid
  • neutrals must return to their side line after a shot on goal or if the team in possession loses the ball


  • maximum of three (two) touches for neutrals
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense
  • supporting angle and distance to ball
  • support position behind ball
  • support position in advance of the ball
  • support position lateral to ball
  • combination play (1-2, double pass, overlap, take over)

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