Soccer Attackers vs. Defenders # 5 Training Drill

Attackers vs. Defenders # 5

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 7+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

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


  • defending team defends goal with goalie and two mini goals and attacking team defends end line opposite to the goals
  • defending team can score by dribbling across end line
  • switch roles after 6-8 minutes


  • add a neutral player
  • limit number of touches
  • defenders switch roles with the attackers if they dribble across the end line
  • defenders score by passing to a target player on attacker’s end line
  • attacker can score on the large goal off a header/volley
  • attacking team plays with one or two more players than the defending team (6v4, 5v4 etc.)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • support teammates from good angle
  • quick transitions
  • spread out
  • quick finish
  • switch point of attack
  • vision
  • quick decision making
  • communication

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