Soccer Target Players # 11 Training Drill

Target Players # 11

The ability to possess the ball under pressure, whether in combination with other teammates or individually is the key to each player’s development.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 30yds)
  • 2 target zones as shown
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • 2 teams play 4v4
  • each team has a target player positioned in each zone
  • team score by passing to their target player who then must pass to a third player on the same team
  • opposing player in target zone prevents other player from receiving or completing a pass


  • teams can only score if their target player can control a lofted pass
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

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

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