Soccer Unit Shift # 3 Training Drill

Unit Shift # 3

We offer drills anyone can work with to train the offensive tactics of maintaining possession and creating space around the attack to gain an advantage.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 45yds)
  • each channel (10yds x 45yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • no defender is allowed inside the channel on one side if the ball is in the channel on the other side
  • if a defender is caught ‘sleeping’ the other team is awarded a penalty kick or a free-kick close to the goal


  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • constant movement
  • communication is vital
  • good ball movement
  • shift as a unit
  • defenders must transition quickly
  • keep team shape

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