Soccer Changing Numbers Training Drill

Changing Numbers

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Basic Information

Age Group (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players 6+
Difficulty Easy
Time 10-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 cone goals
  • pinnies


  • start playing 1v1
  • coach serves a ball in
  • each time a goal is scored both teams add one player
  • once all players are in the game both teams take one player off the field after every goal


  • only the team which is scored on can add a player
  • teams add a player each time a ball goes out of bounce or goal is scored
    minimum of 2-3 touches
  • teams score by dribbling through cone goal / across opponent’s end line
  • adjust size of field and/or cone goals

Coaching Points:


  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • supporting angle and distance to ball


  • 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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