Soccer Numbers Up, Numbers Down Training Drill

Numbers Up, Numbers Down

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

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


  • each team defends and attacks 2 cone goals
  • teams can score by dribbling through cone goals
  • each time a goal is scored the goal scorer must dribble around the grid twice before he can rejoin the game
  • team with most goals after 10 minutes wins


  • limit number of touches
  • vary number and position of cone goals
  • each time a goal is scored the goalscorer has to leave the grid (3v4) and remains out of the game until the
  • opposing team scores a goal
  • the team with one more player on the grid than the other team has to play two touch
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • quick transition
  • switch point of attack
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication


  • angle and speed of approach
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass
  • change role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication

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