Soccer Quick Subs Training Drill

Quick Subs

Answers to questions youth soccer coaches have about how, when and how often to substitute players, and a form you can use at games to plan your subs.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • each team defends and attacks one goal with goalie
  • goal scorer is replaced by a teammate waiting at the side line
  • game continues during substitution
  • if ball goes out of bounce it is dribbled back in


  • players get substituted if they commit a foul or get the ball out of bounce
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • take advantage of numbers up situation
  • fast transition
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power

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