Soccer Scrimmage w Two Neutrals Training Drill

Scrimmage w Two Neutrals

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

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


  • each defends and attacks one goal with goalie
  • one neutral player on each side line as shown
  • neutral players cannot be challenged unless they dribble into the grid
  • neutral players must return to the side line after a shot on goal or if the attacking team loses the ball


  • players must take a maximum of three touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • quick finish
  • good first touch
  • attack open space
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense

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