Soccer 8v6 Possess To Finish Training Drill

8v6 Possess To Finish

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 10+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Attacking, Defending, Possession, Finishing, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 60yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • play 8v6
  • each team defends a goal
  • the attacking team with 8 players can only take three touches in their defending half and two (one)
  • touches in the attacking half
  • the defending team has no restrictions
  • the defending can also score by connecting five passes in a row
  • switch roles after 7-10 minutes


  • vary number of players and/or touch restriction
  • the attacking team has to score a goal with a first touch
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quick transitions
  • switch point of attack
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • body position — open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • shape of team to maintain possession

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