Soccer Combination Plays # 1 Training Drill

Combination Plays # 1

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • supply of balls
  • cones to mark off area
  • goals at each end


  • Supply of balls with coach.
  • Practice starts with: coach feeding ball into Attacker.
  • Objective of practice: each team attempts to score in opponent’s goal in 1v1 situation.
  • Player in possession is able to use support from team mate(s) on outside to retain possession & create new angles of attack.
  • 5 points awarded for each goal.
  • Continue playing from GK save.
  • Players rotate position after each attack


  • Area modified depending on age & ability of players.
  • Simple progressions for this practice are:
  • If player in possession feels threatened by D: pass to team mate on outside who can dribble infield & attack goal.
  • Player on outside can work inside practice area to make 2v1, if used as a pass outlet.
  • If 2v1 is created with use of player from outside: a 2nd. D can enter to make 2v2.
  • When 2v2 situation is established: 3rd. A is allowed to join-in to make 3v2.

Coaching Points:

  • Use of body feints to unbalance opponent & change of speed to get past opponent (moving slowly to go fast).
  • Drawing/engaging opponent.
  • Creating space to beat opponent & exploiting space in behind.
  • Maintaining composure when challenged & turned around by good defending.
  • Use of peripheral vision to identify outlet passing opportunity to team mate on outside.

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