Soccer 4v2 Keep Away w Outer Grids Training Drill

4v2 Keep Away w Outer Grids

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • group of 6
  • center grid (10yds x 10yds)
  • outer grids (6yds x 10yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team
  • pinnies for defenders to carry


  • play keep away
  • attackers cannot leave their designated area
  • only one defender is allowed in the outer grid at one time
  • if a player in the outer grid loses the ball or makes a mistake he then switches role with a defender
  • first pass is free


  • play with only one defender to start
  • allow both defenders to enter an outer grid
  • 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
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • disguise
  • first touch

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