Soccer Goalie Center Square Training Drill

Goalie Center Square

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 7+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Possession, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 30yds)
  • target zone (8x8yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • teams score by making a lofted pass to the goalkeeper who must catch the ball out of the air for the point to count
  • goalkeeper must stay inside target zone
  • players cannot run through target zone


  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • accuracy
  • weight of pass

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