Soccer Finishing Target Training Drill

Finishing Target

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (25yds x 40yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • teams score a point by dribbling across the opponent’s end line
  • another point is awarded if they knock down one of the cones with the first touch after they dribble across the end line
  • the cone which is knocked down is then added to the ones of the scoring team
  • the player who dribbles across endline cannot be challenged


  • use mini goals instead of cones as targets
  • the cone which is knocked down stays down
  • vary number and position of cones
  • adjust size of grid depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • disguise
  • vision
  • first touch
  • communication
  • quick decision making
  • accuracy over power
  • eye on ball
  • quality of preparation touch
  • contact surface
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • positioning to gain an advantage

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