Soccer Scrimmage w Channel Players Training Drill

Scrimmage w Channel Players

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 60yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals
  • 2 channels
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks one goal
  • one neutral player in each channel
  • 3 points for goals that come off a cross from one of the channel players
  • one defender can come into channel after channel player’s first (second) touch


  • players in the middle area have a maximum of three touches
  • ball must go through both channels for a goal to count
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • shift us a unit
  • pressure the ball
  • quick decision making
  • switch point of attack
  • vision
  • close control
  • verbal and visual communication
  • accuracy
  • weight of pass

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