5v5 - with dribbling Attacking Players

  • Organisation

    • Size of field: Twice the sixteen-yard box

    • 2 goals with goalkeepers

    • 2 cones

    • balls (place additional balls all around the field)

    14 players will be split into 2 teams with 7 players each.

    5 players of a team will play inside the field, the other two players of the team will be on the outside in the attacking third and create passing angles (see graphic).

  • Process

    On the field, a 5v5 will be played with offsides.

    If a player on the outside receives a pass from a player inside the field, he will dribble the ball inside and the player that passed him the ball will take his position.

    Here, the outside player dribbling inside has to take a good first touch that will give him a chance to pass his defender in a 1v1 situation.

    Communication from the back line will be key in this specific scenario (covering).

    Four rounds of four minutes each will be played.

    There will also be a two minute break after each round.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • teams should position in a 2-2-1-formation

    • to allow an intense game in the first four minutes, try to limit disruptions by playing in the next ball immediately


    • try to play many passes into the final third and counterpress directly after losing the ball


    Communication; keep spaces tight and compact

Training Set

Main point


25 min


U19, U23+


Ball control, Trapping


Man-marking towards the ball, One on one, One On One, Positional passing, Transitional play (shifting the game)


Soccer-specific endurance

General Training Goals


Building an attack over the wings, Tactical drills

Training Organization

Number of Players

13 or more playersr

Form of Training

Team training

Skill Level


Participating Players

Whole team


2 goalies


Defensive behaviors, Goalkeeper behaviors, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Double penalty box

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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