Soccer Attacking – Defending (Corners) Training Drill

Attacking – Defending (Corners)

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 7+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 20-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • center cone goal (4-5yds)
  • 2 corner zones as shown
  • 1 goal with goalie
  • pinnies


  • defending team scores by dribbling into a corner zone or through center cone goal with control
  • attacking team scores on the goal with goalie
  • 1 point for dribbling into square
  • 3 points for dribbling through cone goal
  • all restarts due to out of bounds, fouls, goals, are started by the keeper
  • switch roles after 4-8 minutes


  • play 6v5, 5v4 etc.
  • limit number of touches
  • if defenders score they switch roles with the attackers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • supporting angle and distance to ball
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power


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

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