Soccer 4v1 Passing Game w Target Training Drill

4v1 Passing Game w Target

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 5+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Finishing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • cones to mark off area
  • center box (3yds x 3yds)
  • grid (15yds x 15yds)
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • outside players pass the ball around from outside the grid trying to find an opening to knock the
  • ball off the cone in the center box
  • the defender moves around the center box to block all shots
  • the defender cannot leave the grid to pressure the ball


  • add a second defender
  • add another target (ball placed on cone)
  • add a second ball for the attackers to pass around
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • disguise
  • quality of preparation touch
  • contact surface
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation

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