Soccer Channel Possession Game # 7 Training Drill

Channel Possession Game # 7

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • entire grid (50yds x 60yds)
  • outer channels (20yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • play 4v4
  • each team defends two mini goals and a regular size goal
  • players can move around between zones but cannot play the ball from inside the middle zone
  • ball cannot bounce or be received inside the middle zone
  • if the ball bounces or is received by a player inside the middle zone the defending team automatically gets possession
  • if a ball is won in one zone and switched into another and a player ends up scoring the goal is awarded three points; all other goals just one point
  • teams can score on the big goals on one-touch from the outer channels


  • play 5v5, 6v6 etc.
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust size of field/channel if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • quick decision making
  • accurate passing
  • vision
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage

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