Soccer 8 Goal Game Training Drill

8 Goal Game

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, PassingAttacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • 8 cone goals (2-3yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • play 3v3, 5v5, 6v6 etc.
  • each team defends and attacks 4 cone goals
  • 3 points for goals on the two middle goals and 1 point for the outer goals


  • on coach’s command teams can only score on specific goals (only outer goals or only inner goals)
  • teams can only score on same colour goals
  • a goal must come off a first touch shot
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • switch point of attack

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