Soccer Neutral Channel Players Training Drill

Neutral Channel Players

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 10+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession, Finishing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • neutral channel player must stay inside designated area until he receives the ball
  • neutral channel players can only be challenged if they have the ball
  • goals off a cross count 2 points
  • switch channel players regularly


  • channel player without the ball can enter the field to support the team in possession once the player in the
  • other channel receives the ball
  • only one team can utilize channel players
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • constant movement
  • communication is vital
  • good angle and distance of support to receive ball
  • create supporting angles
  • look to combine
  • keep the ball moving with quick accurate passing

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