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Warm Up Game for Soccer

Warm Up Game for Soccer

Warm Up Game for Soccer

Warm up game for soccer and players of all ages.

From all of the warm up soccer drills, Keep Away is perhaps one of the most commonly used soccer warm up drill in the world of soccer.

Teams around the world, from amateur to professional levels, use this simple, fun and effective soccer drill before games or practice. 

Keep Away makes players move around the grid at different pace, passing, dribbling or defending, all in small spaces.

This soccer drill will develop first touch on the ball, quick thinking, passing, dribbling, getting out of tight spaces and other game related skills.

Coaches should encourage Keep Away outside of practice as well.

Warm Up for Soccer with Keep Away - SET UP

  • Set up 4 cones 5 - 10 m/yd apart to make a square.
  • Split up players into groups of 3 - 5 players.
  • Every group should have 1 or 2 more players who are passers. For 5 players you can choose 4 passers and 1 chaser, or harder option, with 3 passers and 2 chasers.
  • Each group will take one soccer ball.

Warm Up Game for Soccer - Keep Away - INSTRUCTIONS

  • Start this drill by letting the first pass go.
  • Once the second player touches the ball, 1 or 2 players inside the square will  attempt to cut off the pass by chasing and trying to intercept a pass.
  • If the pass is intercepted or kicked out of bounds, the player who last touched the soccer ball will switch roles with one of the chasing players.
  • Keep Away for young players should be done with unlimited touches. Limit touches only when the players are comfortable with the ball at their feet.
  • If the ball leaves the square, player who kicked the ball out will take the role of a chasing player.

KEEPAWAY Warm Up Soccer Game Variations


15 consecutive passes earns the chasers of the ball some pushups, situps or one extra turn in the role of chaser/defender.

  • Passes through the legs of the chasers/defenders can add an extra turn chasing.
  • Split passes in between 2 chasers can be punishable by an extra turn for both players. 
  • Use hands to play this game. Develop space coordination using simple passes with hands and keeping the soccer ball in the air, and inside the square. Same rules apply with players passing the ball and players chasing it to block a pass. If a pass is thrown outside of the square, the player that threw it will change roles with the chasing player.
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