Soccer 5v2 Keep Away # 1 Training Drill

5v2 Keep Away # 1

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • groups of 7
  • grid (15yds x 25yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • play 5v2 keep away with one defender in each half
  • 4 outside attacking players move around the grid
  • the attacking player inside the grid can move all over the grid
  • attacking team scores if the target player inside the grid receives and passes the ball to an outside player
  • defenders must stay in their designated half
  • outside players may pass to each other


  • limit number of touches for outside players
  • target player cannot pass to the outside player from which he received the pass
  • 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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