Soccer 5v2 Finishing Practice Training Drill

5v2 Finishing Practice

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 9+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Attacking, Defending, Finishing

Field Preparation:

  • 1x goal with goalie
  • good supply of cones
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • play 3v2 inside the grid plus two attackers on the flanks
  • the server passes to the two defenders who keep possession until the three attackers win the ball
  • next the attackers must play wide (wingers) then forward before they can score


  • add a defender
  • limit number of touches
  • attackers can only score off a cross by a winger
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • quality of preparation touch
  • quick finish
  • unbalancing the defense
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage


  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass (deny turn, deny penetration)
  • tracking (recovery runs etc.)
  • changing role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication

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