Soccer Middle Target Zone # 1 Training Drill

Middle Target Zone # 1

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 20-30 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Possession, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (50yds x 40yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • mark off middle zone (appr.10yds deep)
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks a goal
  • all players must stay out of middle zone until attacking player who makes a run into zone receives a pass from a teammate
  • players cannot pass through middle zone into attacking zone


  • attacking players only have two touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quick finish
  • lead passes into space
  • vision
  • time your runs
  • communication
  • constant movement
  • angles of support to receive ball

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