Soccer Middle Target Zones Training Drill

Middle Target Zones

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • grid (50yds x 40yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks a goal with goalie
  • players stay in their designated half
  • teams must pass to neutral player in target zone
  • neutral player then moves into attacking zone to create numbers-up situation (4v3) as shown
  • switch roles regularly


  • vary number of neutal players and target zones
  • attacking players only have two touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quick finish
  • communication
  • first touch
  • vision
  • constant movement
  • angles of support to receive ball

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