Soccer Lay Off to Targets # 2 Training Drill

Lay Off to Targets # 2

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

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


  • play 3v3
  • each team has two target players positioned around the grid as shown
  • teams score by dribbling to their target player at end line who takes over the ball and then enters the grid (his teammate now takes his position)


  • vary number of target players around the grid (2 on each side line)
  • attacker must beat a defender with a move before he can dribble to a target
    minimum of 2 (3) touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • attack open space
  • set up defender
  • close control
  • change of speed & direction
  • quick transition
  • switch point of attack

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