Soccer 5v2 Keep Away Training Drill

5v2 Keep Away

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups
  • grid (15yds x 25ds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • supply of balls ready for continuous play


  • 5 attackers attempt to keep the ball away from 2 defenders
  • defenders dribble a ball and switch roles if they manage to pass their ball against the ball that is being passed around among the 5 attackers


  • play 6v2 etc.
  • defenders have only one ball which they can pass to each other
  • limit number of touches for group of 5
  • adjust size of field if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • constant movement
  • communication is vital
  • good angle and distance of support to receive ball
  • play the way you face and away from pressure
  • first touch away from pressure
  • players should accelerate towards the ball

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