Soccer Through The Middle # 2 Training Drill

Through The Middle # 2

If your players can’t pass and receive the ball, they will not be successful. These two vital skills are featured in this activity.

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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:

  • grid (20yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls


  • players position themselves around grid as shown
  • players (red) attempt to shoot at players who try running across grid without getting hit


  • vary number of players who run across grid
  • 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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