Soccer Lofted Passes To Targets Training Drill

Lofted Passes To Targets

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 45yds)
  • middle zone (30yds x 15yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • play 4v4
  • teams score by making a lofted pass over the middle zone to their target player who controls the ball (ball
  • cannot bounce in the middle zone!)
  • no players allowed in the middle (dark) zones


  • play 3v3, 4v4 etc.
  • teams must complete one pass in the middle zone before they pass to the target
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • vision
  • good first touch
  • constant movement
  • accuracy
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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