Soccer Attacking Play w Neutrals Training Drill

Attacking Play w Neutrals

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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, Finishing, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • middle zone 10-15 yards deep
  • 2 goals with goalkeepers
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks one goal
  • teams must pass to a neutral wall player before they can score
  • the wall players can only participate from the outside the middle zone


  • allow neutral player to work from inside the middle zone only
  • limit number of touches for neutral wall players
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quick finish
  • support position lateral to ball
  • switch point of attack
  • spread out the attack

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