Soccer Finishing Game w Target Areas Training Drill

Finishing Game w Target Areas

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 9
Difficulty: Hard
Time: 20-25 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Possession, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • grid (25yds x 40yds)
  • target areas (5yds x 5yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • 2 players in each target zone and one neutral defender in the center
  • the coach calls out a number 1 – 4
  • one of the players with the number becomes the defender and helps the blue neutral player in the center of the
  • square to defend his target zone (other player stays behind to be the target player)
  • the defender passes a ball to any of the other three players and all of them become attackers to make 3 v 2
  • attackers (no. 1,3 & 4) score by passing to target player number 2 who is inside his target zone
  • defenders score passing to any of the other three target players in their target zones
  • kick-ins only


  • attackers must make a lofted pass to target player in order to score
  • limit number of touches for attackers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • communication
  • selection & timing of pass
  • get into line of flight of the ball
  • switch point of attack away from pressure
  • keep the ball moving with quick accurate passing
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage

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