Soccer Halfway Line Goal Zones Training Drill

Halfway Line Goal Zones

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 20-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goal zones on either side of halfway line
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • play 4v4, 5v5, 6v6 etc.
  • one team can score a point by dribbling into a goal zone with control
  • the other team can score on both goals with goalies but cannot score on the same goalie twice in a row
  • switch roles after 3-4 minutes


  • teams switch roles each time a goal is scored
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • quick transitions
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense

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