Soccer Passing End Zones w Targets Training Drill

Passing End Zones w Targets

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • endzones (5yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • play 3v3
  • each team defends a designated end zone
  • each team has two targets in the attacking half outside the grid
  • targets have two touches
  • players attempt to make a pass to a teammate who is making a run into the end zone to receive the ball
  • players cannot wait inside end zone to receive the ball


  • teams must pass to a target player before they can score
  • play 3v3, 5v5 etc.
  • targets have one touch only
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • vision
  • first touch takes ball away from pressure
  • constant movement
  • angles of support to receive ball
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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