Soccer Goal Numbers Training Drill

Goal Numbers

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • grid (25yds x 30yds)
  • cone goals (2-4yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • play 4v4
  • each goal is assigned a number
  • coach calls out a number and players can only score on the goal with the respective number


  • use mini goals instead of cone goals
  • limit number of touches
  • coach calls out two (three) numbers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quality of preparation touch
  • contact surface
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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