Soccer Attackers vs Defenders # 2 Training Drill

Attackers vs Defenders # 2

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 5+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Finishing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 1 goal w goalie
  • pinnies


  • the attacking team starts with the ball and scores on the goal with the goalie
  • the defending team switches roles with the attackers if they manage to dribble across the goal line opposite from the goal with goalie


  • play 6v5, 4v3, 6v4, etc.
  • switch roles after 4-5 minutes (team with most goals wins!)
  • minimum of 3 touches for attackers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points: support teammates from good angle

  • quick transitions
  • quick finish
  • switch point of attack
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power

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