Soccer King Target Player Training Drill

King Target Player

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Possession, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • each team has one designated “King” who carries a ball in his hand
  • teams score by having their “King” receive a pass from a teammate
  • switch target players every 3-5 minutes


  • teams score by playing a ‘give and go’ combination with the designated target player
  • each team has two designated players that are the “Kings”
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • constant movement
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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