Soccer 4v2 Keep Away # 2 Training Drill

4v2 Keep Away # 2

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20yds x 25yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • play 6v4 keep away with one defender in each grid
  • 4 outside attacking players move around the grid
  • defenders must stay in their designated grid
  • attacking team scores by combining with the two players in the middle


  • attacking team scores by passing to the player in the middle who passes the ball to a third player
  • defending player switches with the attacking player who makes an error
  • limit number of touches for outside players
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • good first touch takes ball away from pressure
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • disguise
  • first touch

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