Soccer Middle Zone Crossing Training Drill

Middle Zone Crossing

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Passing

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • middle zone 5-7 yards deep
  • cones to mark off area


  • play with four balls
  • players in outer zones attempt to pass through middle zone
  • if a player/ defender prevents the ball from going into another zone his team is awarded a point
  • switch roles after 3-5 minutes
  • team with most points wins


  • team inside middle zone is awarded a point if a ball leaves the grid
  • specify how players must pass (left foot, right foot, high or low etc.)
  • adjust size of field and/or number of balls/players if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • vision
  • selection of pass & timing of pass

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