Soccer 4v2 Keep Away Training Drill

4v2 Keep Away

Print/Download This Drill

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

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 defenders to carry


  • play 4v2 keep away with one defender in each half
  • 4 outside attacking players move around the grid
  • attacking players must play pass across at least one half of the grid
  • defenders must stay in their designated half
  • defending player switches with the attacking player who makes an error


  • outside players earn an extra life by passing in between the two defenders
  • 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

Watch The Video