Soccer 3v3 Target Players Training Drill

3v3 Target Players

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing, finishing, attacking, defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 20yds)
  • target areas (4yds x 4yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnie


  • play 3v3
  • teams score by passing to the teams’ designated target player who receives the ball inside the target area
  • target player cannot leave his area
  • target player switches with pass giver


  • if the target player’s team is not in possession he is allowed to support the opposing team from inside the target area
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • create space for others
  • spread out attack
  • supporting angle and distance to ball
  • combination play (1-2, double pass, overlap, take over)
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • vision
  • first touch

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