Soccer King Of The Castle Training Drill

King Of The Castle

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • b2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • teams try to keep possession by throwing the ball to each other
  • each team has a designated target player (blue shorts – red shirt)
  • teams score one point by connecting 7 passes without losing possession and two points if the team’s target
  • receives a pass
  • players are allowed to take two or fewer steps with the ball
  • change of possession is when a pass is intercepted, ball drops to ground or players takes too many steps
  • players cannot wrestle the ball from opponent
  • rotate target players


  • play with 2 or 3 balls simultaneously
  • players pass the ball with their feet
  • players pass the ball by volleying (drop kicking) it to each other
  • passer must call out the receiver’s name before making a pass
  • teams score only by passing to the target player
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • disguise
  • first touch
  • protect the king

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