Soccer Targets in Goals # 3 Training Drill

Targets in Goals # 3

Discover a simple soccer passing drill for kids that illustrates the importance of transitioning and spreading the field.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs)(8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (2-4 yds)
  • pinnies


  • play 4v4 inside the grid
  • teams score by passing it into one of the target players
  • team starts with the ball from the goal it just scored upon
  • that team cannot score into that goal again until they score in the 3 remaining corners first
  • ┬álosing team after 4-5 minutes switches with target players


  • each team can score on two designated targets
  • limit number of touches
  • add neutral player on the field
  • 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
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • close control
  • first touch
  • accuracy

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