Soccer Through The Middle # 1 Training Drill

Through The Middle # 1

Soccer is a team sport, and as such, players must work together to achieve their goal which is to keep possession of the ball and create scoring chances.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • half the group with a ball
  • grid (20yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area


  • players position themselves around grid as shown
  • players (red) attempt to hit ball that is being passed back and forth between (white) players


  • limit number of touches
  • specify how players must pass (left or right foot, inside or outside foot etc.)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • quick decision making

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