Soccer 8v4 Keep Away Training Drill

8v4 Keep Away

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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

Field Preparation:

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


  • 8 attackers attempt to keep ball away from 4 defenders
  • attackers have 2 touches
  • defenders have unlimited number of touches
    attackers score by making 6 consecutive passes
  • defenders score by dribbling out of the grid
  • switch roles every 3-5 minutes


  • play 6v3, 4v2 etc.
  • once a player has made a play on the ball they must immediately turn and run around the nearest
  • cone before getting back onto the field again
  • attackers must play one-touch
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • constant movement
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position — open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • speed of play

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