Soccer Attacking Game With Restriction Training Drill

Attacking Game With Restriction

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

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


  • the defending team plays with one player less on the field than the attacking team
  • defending team defends the goal with goalie
  • attacking team defends the goal line opposite to the goal with goalie
  • attackers have maximum of 2-3 touches in defending half and unlimited touches in the attacking half
  • defending team scores by dribbling across the attacker’s goal line
  • switch roles after 5-10 minutes


  • defending team scores by keeping possession for more than 7 seconds
  • defending team scores by passing to a target player behind the attacker’s end line
  • if an attacker beats a defender with a move his team is awarded 1 point
  • if an attacker beats the goalie with a move he is awarded 2 points
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power


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

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