Soccer Zone Keep Away # 5 Training Drill

Zone Keep Away # 5

This is an effective passing keep away drill for younger players that aids them to decide fast and move the ball a lot quicker. It’s really an essential drill which has every single player taking part with the key focus for team passing and possession.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs)(8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 9+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • middle zone 3-4 yards deep
  • pinnies


  • both teams have 2 players in one zone and 3 players in the other
  • all players must stay in their designated area
  • the team with three players in a zone plays keep away from the two defenders by utilizing a neutral in the middle zone (4v2)
  • if the two defenders win the ball they try to play it to the neutral player who turns and passes the ball to a blue player on the other side of the central zone where three “attackers” again try to keep possession by utilizing the neutral player (4v2)


  • play 4v2, 3v1 etc.
  • limit number of touches for attackers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • good first touch takes ball away from pressure

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