Soccer Supporting Play # 1 Training Drill

Supporting Play # 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:

  • 1 ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • 4 mini goals


  • 3 reds vs 2 blacks in one half and 1 v 1 in other half.
  • Additional black starts on the sideline of the 1 v 1 half.
  • Reds start with possession of the ball. Reds score by achieving pre determined number of
  • consecutive passes before looking to transfer ball into other end.
  • 2 reds follow pass/run with ball and one blue moves into other half to recreate 3 v 2 situation.
  • Practice continues as previously.


  • define time limit to counter attacks
  • reds achieve two sets of consecutive passes then transfer to other half.
  • remove player from sideline and play 3 v 2 in one half and 2 v 1 in other.
  • include all to make 4 v 4 game

Coaching Points:

  • Control, passing and support play skills needed to keep possession
  • Using space to exploit advantage of overload
  • Timing of forward runs and passes
  • Ds looking to spoil and intercept, being mindful of counter attacking with security

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