Soccer Switching Keep Away Training Drill

Switching Keep Away

Print/Download This Drill

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 12+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams
  • 2 grids (10yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • five players try to keep the ball away from the two defenders
  • after three (four) passes they are allowed to pass the ball to a player from the other grid who makes
  • a run into the area between the two grids to receive the ball
  • once he touches the ball the other two defenders from outside are allowed to enter the grid to pressure the ball
  • the attacking team that loses possession or makes a mistake then switches roles with the defending team


  • play 4v1, 5v3, 5v1 etc.
  • pass to switch the grid must be one-touch
  • player that switches the ball to the other grid must chip the ball
  • allow the defenders to enter the grid as soon as the pass is made
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication


  • angle and distance of cover
  • changing role of pressure and cover
  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning
  • delay and channel

Watch The Video