Soccer Channel Players # 4 Training Drill

Channel Players # 4

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Basic Information

Age Group (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players 10+
Difficulty Medium-Hard
Time 20-30 min.
Emphasis: Possession, Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

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


  • all players must stay in their zone
  • the goalkeeper and defenders must pass the ball to their channel player who crosses it in to the attackers
  • channel players cannot be challenged


  • vary numbers in middle zones (play 3v2, 2v3 etc.)
  • limit number of touches for channel players
  • if a channel player has the ball allow the channel player in the opposite zone to enter the grid up to
  • the far post
  • channel players can be challenged in their zone as soon as they have possession
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • body mechanics and control of body
  • body position and balance
  • eye on ball
  • quality of preparation touch
  • contact surface
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage
  • accurate passing
  • constant movement
  • communication is vital
  • good angle and distance of support to receive ball

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