Soccer Target Players # 16 Training Drill

Target Players # 16

Please read on for free soccer drills that will greatly improve your players attacking game by scoring more goals and getting more shots on target.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • 2 target zones (4-6 yards deep)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 4 mini goals
  • pinnies


  • play 4v4
  • each team has one target player in their attacking zone
  • players must stay in their designated zone
  • teams score by passing to their target player who passes back to a third player who then tries to
  • score on either of the two goals


  • limit number of touches for targets
  • goals must be scored off a first touch
  • both targets are neutral which allows the teams to score on all four goals
  • normal size goals with goalies instead of mini goals
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • take advantage of numbers up situation
  • fast transition
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power

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