EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Cut In, Cut Out

The Rules

Play two teams of four in a 4v4 or you can add an overload player to make up for differing abilities.

Players must run the ball into an end zone by exploiting the space available. Ball control is particularly important in the zones.

If a team scores it retains possession and attacks the opposite end. Score up to ten and then switch teams.

Objectives

Improves running with the ball into space, and straight and diagonal runs.

Key Skills

Receiving the ball with space in front to outside or inside, first touch speed control, awareness of defenders’ distance and angles.

Set Up

Area: 30×60 yards with two 10 yard end zones split into three, two outside and one central area
Players: 8
Equipment: Cones, balls

Pass-Run-Ground Covered-Dribble

Cut In, Cut Out Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 1

Players attempt to run the ball into an end
zone which means being aware of space.

 

Cut In, Cut Out Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 2

Encourage players to beat defenders on
the inside – ‘cutting in’.

 

Cut In, Cut Out Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 3

Introduce a set number of passes before
scoring to encourage build up play.

What To Call Out

“Shout”
“Open up”
“Big touch”
“Use your speed”
“Cut in or cut out”

Development

  •  Give extra points for cutting inside as this would threaten the goal in a proper game, but make sure the players understand a point for outside is better than none at all.
  •  Introduce a set number of passes, between three to five, before scoring to encourage build up play. Teams can only score one end then the opponents counter attack.

Hint

You could add goals at each end to finish with shot.

 

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