Soccer Target Players # 6 Training Drill

Target Players # 6

Passing the ball is one of the key skills to master. This site introduces volunteer and youth coaches to the basics of coaching soccer passing.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Possession, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (35yds x 35yds)
  • middle box (10x10yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • players attempt to pass to a teammate who is making a run into the middle box to receive the ball
  • players cannot wait inside the box to receive the ball


  • add a neutral player
  • limit number of touches
  • 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

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