Soccer Target Players # 9 Training Drill

Target Players # 9

This section provides you with soccer drills that will help young players to keep the ball longer and convert that possession into scoring chances.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (35yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • each team has 2 players positioned outside the grid on opposite sides as shown
  • teams score by passing to a target player
  • teams cannot score on same target player twice in a row


  • limit number of touches for target players or field players
  • 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
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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