Soccer Target Passing w/ Defenders #1 Training Drill

Target Passing w/ Defenders #1

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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

Field Preparation:

  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls


  • players on the outside of grid attempt to knock off balls from cones
  • defenders on the inside of grid attempt to block shots
  • balls which end up inside the grid can be retrieved by players
  • team to knock off most balls within 2 min. wins


  • vary number of defenders
  • vary number of targets
  • use tall cones as targets
  • players run around nearest corner cone after each shot/pass
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • dribble around grid to find clear path towards target
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage

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