Around the House

The Rules

Position a neutral midfield player in the central ‘no go’ zone who must stay in this zone.

The neutral midfielder can play one twos with any player in possession.

The ball must not cross the box to another player. Position neutrals on the outside line of field as shown.

Award a point every time player gets around the house (the ‘no go’ zone) in possession and a further point if a goal scored. Play to ten points and then switch teams.


Encourages wide play and use of wide areas.

Key Skills

Getting ball wide early, passing, running with the ball, dribbling, and use of midfield pivot player to create opportunities.

Set Up

Area: 60×40 yards pitch with 10×20 yards box (‘no go’ zone) placed in the centre
Players: 10 plus 4 neutral players
Equipment: Two goals, cones, balls

Pass-Run-Ground Covered-Dribble

Around the House Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 1

The team in possession must go around the
‘no go’ zone in order to score.


Around the House Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 2

Allow one defender to enter the ‘no go’ zone
in order to press the midfielder.


Around the House Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 3

Develop play by allowing neutral player to have
more touches and switch to another attacker.

What To Call Out

“Head up”
Coaching Notes
Early passes to feet, good combination play.


● Allow one player from the team in defence to enter the ‘no go’ zone and press the midfielder if they are close enough to affect play.
● Allow neutral midfielder more touches and the ability to switch play to another attacker.


Make the central box smaller and have 1v1 in the box.

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