Soccer Numbers Up w Restrictions Training Drill

Numbers Up w Restrictions

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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 (6v5)
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • each teams defends and attacks one goal with goalie
  • team with 5 players has unlimited touches
  • team with 6 players must have minimum of 2-3 touches
  • switch roles after 5 minutes


  • play 4v3, 5v3, 7v6, 8v7 etc.
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

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

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