Soccer Target Players # 13 Training Drill

Target Players # 13

Detailed overview of how to coach possession soccer, including many exercises and coaching points that develop both confidence and skill.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20yds x 40yds)
  • 2 target zones 4-6 yards deep
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • two target players and one defender in each end zone
  • teams play 3v3, 4v4, 5v5 or 6v6 etc. in the middle
  • teams score by getting the ball from one target player and play it to the other without losing
  • possession to the defending team


  • target players have one or two touches
  • teams score if one or both target players can control a lofted pass
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • communication
  • create supporting angles
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • vision
  • first touch

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