Soccer Awareness Game # 1 Training Drill

Awareness Game # 1

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs)(8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 10+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups of 4
  • grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 end zones 3-5 yards deep
  • pinnies


  • two groups play 3v1 in the same grid
  • target players in each zone
  • attackers score by passing the ball to a target player who controls the ball
  • defender scores by dribbling out of the grid
  • attackers cannot score on same target player twice in a row


  • add another target player for each end zone
  • play 3v2, 4v2 etc. with two groups
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • spread out attack
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position — open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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