Soccer Channel Players # 3 Training Drill

Channel Players # 3

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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: Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • channel area (6yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • one neutral player in each channel
  • if a neutral channel receives the ball and dribbles into the middle area the other neutral channel
  • player enters the field as well to help out as a defender
  • both neutral players return to their channel if possession changes


  • teams must pass to a channel player before they can score
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • constant movement
  • communication is vital
  • vision
  • create supporting angles
  • speed of play
  • quick transitions
  • quick finish

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