Soccer Plus 1 Neutral Player Training Drill

Plus 1 Neutral Player

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • one neutral player in each half
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks a goal
  • neutral players must stay in designated half
  • attacking team can only score if neutral player touches the ball first


  • neutral players only have one touch
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • accurate passes
  • quick decision making
  • protect the ball
  • good angle of support
  • movement on and off the ball
  • vision

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