Soccer 5v5 Open Up Play Training Drill

5v5 Open Up Play

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 4 mini goals
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks two mini goals
  • players must run around the nearest cone after completing a pass


  • play a possession game without goals (same rules as above)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • accuracy
  • weight of pass
  • quick decision making
  • protect the ball
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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