Soccer Target Players # 2 Training Drill

Target Players # 2

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Possession, Passing

Field Preparation:

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


  • each team has 2 players positioned outside the grid on adjacent sides as shown
  • teams can score by passing to a target player and receiving a pass back from him
  • teams cannot score on same target player twice in a row


  • target player only has one touch
  • target player switches with pass giver
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • good ball movement

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