Soccer Middle Target Zone 5v3 Training Drill

Middle Target Zone 5v3

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20 x 20yds)
  • target zone (5 x 5yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • attacking team scores by passing to target player who controls the ball
  • defenders cannot enter the target zone
  • switch roles after 4-5 minutes or if defenders intercept 5 passes


  • attacking team scores by passing to the target player who passes the ball to a third player
  • limit number of touches for attacker and/or target player
  • vary number of attackers and defenders (6v3, 5v3, 5v2 etc.)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

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

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