Soccer Open Up Space Training Drill

Open Up Space

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 4 mini goals
  • pinnies


  • each team defends 2 mini goals
  • every time a pass is made, that player must sprint 4 yards in any direction to support their pass
  • if a player forgets to sprint after his pass the opposing team automatically wins possession


  • goals can only be scored with the first touch
  • limit number of touches for field players
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quick decision making
  • constant movement
  • communication is vital
  • good angle and distance of support to receive ball
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense
  • support position lateral to ball

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