Soccer Keep Away w Supporting Player Training Drill

Keep Away w Supporting Player

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • supply of balls
  • pinnies


  • all attackers except for one dribble a ball
  • defender attempts to win the ball
  • attackers keep the ball away from the defender and have the option to pass to the attacker who doesn’t have a ball
  • if the defender wins the ball, he switches roles with the attacker who made the mistake


  • play with 2 attackers who don’t have a ball
  • play with 2 defenders
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • vision
  • awareness
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • close control

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