Soccer 5v3 Multiple Targets Training Drill

5v3 Multiple Targets

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs)(8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession, Finishing

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (25yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • play 5v3
  • attackers (5 players) score by knocking over the cones with the ball
  • defenders score by completing a pass to a teammate who receives it outside the grid
  • if ball goes out of bounds the ball is kicked back in (kick-ins)
  • players switch roles after 7 goals by the attackers and 4 goals by the defenders


  • play 6v3, 5v2 etc.
  • vary number of defenders and attackers but make sure to have one target per defender on the grid
  • defenders score by passing to coach who moves around the grid
  • attackers must knock down a cone with a first touch
  • limit number of touches for attackers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • decision making
  • communication
  • create supporting angles
  • quick transitions
  • quick finishing
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • placement versus power

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