Soccer Numbers Up Scrimmage Training Drill

Numbers Up Scrimmage

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 10+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • 2 grids as shown
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalkeepers
  • pinnies


  • teams play 4v4 on the larger grid and 1v1 on the smaller grid
  • if a player dribbles across opponent’s end line in the 1v1 he is allowed to join his team on the larger grid (5v4)


  • player must stop his ball dead on opponent’s end line on smaller grid
  • if a player dribbles across end line in the 1v1 he switches with a teammate from the larger grid
  • limit number of touches for team with more players on the field
  • team with more players must connect 4 passes before they can score

Coaching Points:

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

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