Soccer Touch Restriction # 1 Training Drill

Touch Restriction # 1

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 10+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area / zones
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • each team defends and attacks one goal
  • maximum of 3 touches in defending third
  • maximum of 2 touches in middle third
  • maximum of 1 touch in attacking third
  • if rule is broken automatic free kick for the other team


  • vary number of touches allowed in each third
  • players must stay in their designated half
  • each team selects one player who has unlimited touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • protect the ball
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy- first touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality in front of goal
  • placement versus power in front of goal


  • angle and speed of approach
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass
  • change role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication

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