Soccer 5v3 Possession & Finishing Training Drill

5v3 Possession & Finishing

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Basic Information

Age Group (5-7yrs)(8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players 6+
Difficulty Medium
Time 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession, Finishing

Field Preparation:

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


  • play 5v3
  • tall cones are positioned 5-6yds in from the end lines
  • teams score by knocking over the cones with the game ball
  • defenders can block shots and maintain possession themselves
  • if ball goes out of bounds the ball is kicked back in (kick-ins)
  • switch roles every 2-3 minutes


  • vary number of defenders and attackers but make sure to have one target per defender on the grid
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • communication
  • create supporting angles
  • quick transitions
  • quick finishing
  • eye on ball
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage (behind targets?)

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