Finding the Target Player

This drill is designed to encourage midfield and defensive players to look up field to find the "Target Player" and play to that Target player.

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Setup

Build a large grid approximately 40X40 yards and divide your team into 2 even teams, you can adjust the size of the field based on the number of players and their age. Each team should build a 10X10 grid on their attacking end and place one target player in this grid. (see diagram)

Instructions

Inform the two teams to play against each other and points are scored when a team is able to keep possession and play a flighted ball into their team's Target Player who is inside the 10X10 grid. If they player successfully controls the ball inside the box that team is awarded a point.

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Variations

  • Create a larger box and add a defender with the target player (have the defensive player be somewhat passive at first)

Coaching Points

  • Make sure players are getting their heads up quickly to find the target player
  • Make sure players play the target player early. Make sure there is a clear distinction of playing "kickball" and playing early. Make sure it is a purposely placed pass rather than accidental.

Drill Target Ages

  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under
  • U17 and Older

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Soccer Drill Titled: Finding the Target Player
Tagged: coaching target players, soccer target play, soccer target players
Published by: Chris Johnson
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