Soccer Middle Target Zone # 2 Training Drill

Middle Target Zone # 2

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (25 x 25yds)
  • target zone (6 x 6yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • 4 attackers vs. 2 defenders
  • attackers attempt to keep possession and combine with target player as often as possible
  • defenders cannot enter the target zone
  • switch roles after 4-5 minutes or if defenders intercept 5 passes


  • defenders and attackers cannot enter the target zone
  • limit number of touches for attacker and/or target player
  • vary number of attackers and defenders (6v3, 5v3, 5v2 etc.)
  • target player inside middle target zone acts as a neutral player
  • 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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