Soccer Zone Keep Away # 4 Training Drill

Zone Keep Away # 4

It is rare you see a youth soccer team passing the ball around with speed and accuracy. Our soccer drill for passing is recommended for groups between U-10 and U-17. This type of drill is meant to improve keeping the game flowing and splitting defenses by switching the ball from one side of the field to the other, thus creating open space and numbers in favor of your attack.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 12+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • middle zone 5 yards deep
  • pinnies


  • teams play 3v1 keep away in each zone
  • blue team has one player in each of those areas and two players ateach end who stand outside the
  • playing area
  • all players must all stay in their own area
  • red players must connect 3 passes before they can pass the ball across the middle zone to a red
  • player on the other side
  • blue players on each side try to intercept the ball or force the red team into making an error
  • teams switch roles after 4-5 minutes or if defenders intercept a total of 7 passes


  • play 4v2, 3v2 etc.
  • attackers must make a lofted pass to teammates in opposite zone
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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