Soccer 5v2 Keep Away # 2 Training Drill

5v2 Keep Away # 2

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups
  • grid (15yds x 25ds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • 5 attackers attempt to keep ball away from 2 defenders
  • one defender starts with a ball in his hands
  • defenders attempt to throw their ball against the ball that is being passed around among the 5 attackers
  • defenders pass the ball to each other by throwing
  • if the ball is hit, the defender who made the throw switches roles with the player who touched the ball last


  • both defenders have a ball in their hands
  • limit number of touches for attackers
  • adjust size of field and/or number of touches allowed if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • constant movement
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • first touch

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