Soccer 3v3 Moving Targets Training Drill

3v3 Moving Targets

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (25yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies for players to hold in their hands


  • teams score by laying off the ball to one of the target players (players must dribble the ball directly
  • to target player’s feet)
  • target players can move from side to side along end line to receive the ball
  • target player then switches with field player


  • minimum of 2-3 touches
  • one target player on each of the four sidelines (each team has two designated targets)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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