Soccer Striker in Attacking Zone # 3 Training Drill

Striker in Attacking Zone # 3

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 10+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Attacking

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • 2 end zones 6-12yds deep
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • each team defends one goal
  • play 4v4 in the middle zone
  • one striker in each end zone
  • all players must stay in their designated zone
  • teams must connect three passes before they can pass to the attacking player in the end zone
  • the attacking player then lays off for a shot on goal as shown
  • switch players in end zones


  • play with 2 mini goals on each goal line
  • play 5v5, 6v6, 7v7 in the middle zone etc.
  • strikers inside the end zone are neutral which allows teams to score on both goals
  • limit number of touches for strikers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • disguise
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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