Soccer Change of Games Training Drill

Change of Games

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • supply of cones to mark off area
  • supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies
  • repeat setup to accommodate entire team


  • play starts in grid 1
  • each team defends two minigoals in grid 1
  • on coach’s command direction of play changes and the team in possession at that moment
  • attempts to finish on the goal with the goalie in grid 2
  • if the defending team wins the ball they pass to the coach at the goal line in grid 2 to end the sequence


  • play with cone goals instead of mini goals
  • the coach calls out one player from each team to play a 1v1 towards the goal with the goalie
  • if the defending team wins the ball they can score on goal with goalie as well

Coaching Points:

  • quick transition
  • switch point of attack
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage

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