Soccer Channel Players # 5 Training Drill

Channel Players # 5

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Basic Information

Age Group (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players 10+
Difficulty Medium-Hard
Time 20-25 min.
Emphasis: Possession, Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 50yds)
  • channel area (6yds x 50yds)
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • play 4v4
  • players have a maximum of three touches in the middle zone
  • unlimited touches in the channel areas
  • goals count only if the final pass comes from inside the channel


  • limited number of touches for players inside channel area
  • player inside a channel cannot be challenged
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quality of preparation touch
  • 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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