Soccer Scrimmage Adjustments Training Drill

Scrimmage Adjustments

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 4 mini goals
  • pinnies


  • players’ names are randomly selected from a hat for each team
  • teams play 3v3, 4v4, 5v5 etc. with goalies
  • for each goal scored each player in the team is awarded a point
  • each game lasts 4-5 minutes
  • next round players’ names are randomly selected from a hat for each team again
  • player with the most points after three (four) rounds wins
  • if the ball is out of bounce it is dribbled back in


  • minimum of (two) three touches
  • play with large goal and goalies
  • play with cone goals instead of mini goals
  • play with 2 balls simultaneously
  • multiple 1v1s (players can only defend a designated player and cannot tackle another attacker)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • quick adjustment to new teammates
  • play as a unit
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quick decision making
  • awareness

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