Soccer 4v2 Keep-Away # 4 Training Drill

4v2 Keep-Away # 4

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • groups of 6
  • grid (15yds x 25yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies for the defenders to carry


  • play 4v2 keep away with one defender in each half
  • defenders must stay in their designated half
  • attackers can go anywhere in the grid
  • defender switches with the attacker who makes an error


  • attackers must connect a minimum of 3 passes in each half
  • defenders switch roles with if they intercept 6 passes
  • limit number of touches
  • 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

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