Soccer Flank Players In Zone Training Drill

Flank Players In Zone

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Possession, Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • each team defends a goal
  • each team has two attacking players in designated areas
  • defenders cannot enter designated area until flank player receives the ball
  • flank players can leave area only with the ball and must return if team loses possession
  • teams must utilize flank players in designated area before they can score


  • limit number of touches for flank players
  • goals off a cross by a flank player count double
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • accurate passes
  • quick decision making
  • protect the ball
  • good angle of support
  • movement on and off the ball

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