Soccer Zone Keep Away # 3 Training Drill

Zone Keep Away # 3

This advanced moving soccer passing drill builds players splitting passes with the defensive players being in place attempting to block any pass looking to get by. The most effective way to maintain possession of the ball is by steady movement of the ball utilizing the proper passing technique.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • grid (15yds x 20yds)
  • 3 zones (5yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • attackers in the outer zones with the defenders in the middle zone
  • players cannot leave their assigned zone
  • attackers can score by connecting seven passes across middle zone without losing possession
  • allow one defender to enter the zone to pressure the ball
  • switch roles if defenders intercept 5 passes or after 3 minutes


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

Coaching Points:

  • communication
  • create supporting angles
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • vision
  • first touch

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