Soccer Soccer Targets Training Drill

Soccer Targets

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 5-10 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies for target players to carry


  • 2-6 designated (blue) target players (depending on group size)
  • shooters attempt to pass their ball against the target’s ball
  • targets try to get away from shooters
  • shooters are awarded a point for each hit
  • switch roles every 2-3 min.


  • specify how players must pass (left or right foot, inside or outside foot etc.)
  • group of shooters only has two (one) balls to pass around to each other with the objective to hit a target’s ball
  • vary number of target players
  • target players are without a ball and can only be hit below the knees for a point to count
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • accuracy over power
  • vision
  • first touch
  • deception
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control

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