One-to-one (o2o) label assignment plays a key role for transformer based end-to-end detection, and it has been recently introduced in fully convolutional detectors for lightweight end-to-end dense detection. However, o2o can largely degrade the feature learning performance due to the limited number of positive samples. Though extra positive samples can be introduced to mitigate this issue, the computation of self- and cross- attentions among anchors prevents its practical application to dense and fully convolutional detectors. In this work, we propose a simple yet effective one-to-few (o2f) label assignment strategy for end-to-end dense detection. Apart from defining one positive and many negative anchors for each object, we define several soft anchors, which serve as positive and negative samples simultaneously. The positive and negative weights of these soft anchors are dynamically adjusted during training so that they can contribute more to ‘representation learning’ in the early training stage and contribute more to ‘duplicated prediction removal’ in the later stage. The detector trained in this way can not only learn a strong feature representation but also perform end-to-end detection. Experiments on COCO and CrowdHuman datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed o2f scheme.