Soccer Channel Goals Training Drill

Channel Goals

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 channels
  • pinnies


  • each team attacks and defends one end line (50yds)
  • teams score by dribbling across end line within channel zone as shown
  • team that scores keeps possession and direction of play changes
  • if the attacking team has the ball inside one channel the defending team must have all its players move out of the opposite channel (3x violations = 1x penalty)


  • add one or two neutral players who cannot score
  • if the attacking team scores in one channel all teammates must be out of the opposite channel for the goal to count
  • ball must go through both channels for a goal to count
  • allow teams to score by dribbling across end line of middle zone(3 points for channel zones and 1 point for middle zone)

Coaching Points:

  • shift us a unit
  • quick decison making
  • switch point of attack
  • change of direction and speed- deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • verbal and visual communication

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