Soccer Target Players # 7 Training Drill

Target Players # 7

This basic free soccer passing drill emphasizes practicing one touch passing, wall passing, communication and receiving the ball for U10-U16+ players.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • 4 attackers / 3 defenders / 4 neutrals
  • grid (40yds x 40yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • two neutral players start with a ball
  • attackers attempt to receive passes from neutral players from outside the grid and then pass it back
  • to a different neutral player
  • defenders try prevent attackers from receiving/completing passes
  • if defenders win the ball they give it to the nearest neutral player
  • attacking team to complete most passes within 3 minutes wins
  • switch roles often


  • attackers are limited to one touch
  • add another ball
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

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

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