Soccer Channel Players # 1 Training Drill

Channel Players # 1

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • channel area (5yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • all restarts due to out of bounds, fouls, goals, are started by the goalies
  • if the goalie has the ball at least one of his teammates must move into the channel area to receive the ball
  • goals off a cross from inside the channel area count 2 points


  • defenders can enter channel once an attacker receives a pass inside that channel
  • teams can only score if at least one player of the team receives pass inside the channel area
  • limit number of touches (for channel players)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • shift as a unit
  • constant movement
  • communication is vital
  • create supporting angles
  • combination play

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