Soccer Channel Game # 1 Training Drill

Channel Game # 1

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 20-30 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

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


  • each team defends and attacks one goal
  • if the attacking team has the ball inside a channel the defending team must have all its players
  • move out of the opposite channel before they can challenge the ball
  • goals on mini goals only count if all attackers are out of opposite channel


  • play with one neutral player in each channel
  • limit number of touches for players inside the channel
  • ball has to go through both channels before a team can score
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • quick transition
  • shift as a unit
  • protect the ball
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • first touch


  • delay and channel
  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass
  • change role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication
  • track recovery runs

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