Soccer Unit Shift # 1 Training Drill

Unit Shift # 1

This straightforward, free attacking soccer drill will assist your team throughout attacking soccer games. It’s uncomplicated, an easy task to master and is very competitive. Both equally attackers and defenders can gain so much from this exercise.

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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, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams (5v5)
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • mark off 3 zones
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks a goal with goalie
  • teams can only score if all attacking players have moved out of defending third


  • 2 touch restriction in defending and attacking third
  • if ball goes out of bounce goalkeeper restarts play
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quick ball movement
  • shift as a unit
  • quick finish
  • lead passes into space
  • vision
  • constant movement
  • angles of support to receive ball

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