Soccer Passing Into Target Areas # 3 Training Drill

Passing Into Target Areas # 3

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 14+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams
  • grid (25yds x 40yds)
  • target areas (5 x 5yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • play 4 v 4, 5 v 5, 6 v 6 etc.
  • neutral players are responsible for keeping balls in play from the middle line
  • players attempt to pass into target area to player who connects to a third teammate with a 1 or 2 touch pass in
  • order to score a point
  • switch roles once a team has five points


  • players must play a lofted pass to target player
  • limit number of touches for field players
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • switch point of attack away from pressure
  • keep the ball moving with quick accurate passing

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