Soccer Attacking Combinations and Finishing Drill [+ Diagrams]

Soccer Coach Theory Team

This soccer attacking combinations drill is a fantastic drill to get your central strikers working together as a team. It helps them practice combining, as well as quick finishing in central positions. It replicates attacking soccer through the central channel and eliminates the use of wide areas.

Equipment needed:

  • 2 full-size or age-appropriate goals
  • Approximately 10-20 soccer balls
  • Approx 8-14 cones

Attacking combinations drill set up:

  • Create a diamond shape soccer pitch approximately 30 yards wide at the halfway line, with the goals approximately 30 yards apart
  • Set up two teams of 5 players, each with a goalkeeper and 4 outfield players
  • Set up 3 or 4 feeder players around the outside, each with 2 or 3 soccer balls

Soccer attacking combinations and finishing drill - setup

Attacking combinations drill execution:

  • The drill starts when a feeder player plays the ball into a player; that player’s team then has to try to score a goal while the other team must try to stop them
  • If the ball goes out of play, instead of a throw-in, the nearest feeder player should pass the ball to the team whose ball it is
  • If a goal is scored, play can restart through the conceding goalkeeper rolling, throwing or kicking the ball back into play
  • Teams should play openly with a focus on quick attacking play

Soccer attacking combinations and finishing drill - execution

Coaching tips:

  • The shape and size of the playing area lends itself to attacking play, so coaches should encourage lots of shots at goal, including from a distance
  • Ensure feeders play balls in quickly to maintain a high tempo for the whole drill
  • Encourage individual movement of attacking players to receive the ball in dangerous positions or to create space for teammates
  • Encourage quick passing sequences between attacking teams, passing and moving, holding up play, setting teammates up for shots etc
  • When a shot is made, encourage the nearest player to the goal to follow the ball in for rebounds


  • Limit touches to 2 or 3 touches maximum
  • Introduce one-touch finishes only


  • Create smaller teams – 3 vs 3, 2 vs 2 or even 1 vs 1 (you may need to adjust the size of the pitch to suit the number of players)
  • 3v3 with one roaming player who always joins the attacking team. This will emphasize the team who loses the ball to get men behind the ball quickly to defend

Soccer attacking combinations and finishing drill - variation