Soccer 7v5 Wall Players Training Drill

7v5 Wall Players

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Basic Information

Age Group (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players 10+
Difficulty Medium
Time 20-30 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing, Possession, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 7v5
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 1 goal with goalie
  • 2 cone goals
  • pinnies


  • one team (4 players plus goalie) defends goal with goalie and other team (5 field players plus 2 wall players) defends cone goals
  • attacking team has two wall players on the side line who can dribble the ball onto the field and
  • support their team until they lose possession or take a shot on goal (then they must go back to the side line)
  • defending team can score by dribbling through cone goals
  • switch roles after 8-10 minutes


  • play 6v4 , 8v6 etc.
  • wall players are neutral
  • minimum of 2-3 touches for attackers
  • vary position of wall players (next to goal with goalie or next to cone goals)
  • if one wall player dribbles onto the field the other wall player is allowed to enter it as well until
  • team loses possession or takes a shot on goal
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • first touch
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quick transitions
  • switch point of attack
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control


  • angle and speed of approach
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass
  • change role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication

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