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Finding the Target Player

Focus of the Drill

This drill is especially helpful for the midfield and defensive player. It will assist them in finding the "Target Player" in the field and playing to that Target player.


For the setup of this drill:

  1. You have to first build a large grid of a size approximately 40X40 yards.

  2. Then, you have to split the team into 2 even teams.

  3. The field size can be altered on the basis of the number of players and their age.

  4. Each team should build a grid of size 10X10 on their attacking end.

  5. One target player can be placed in this grid.

Finding the Target Player

How to Play?

  1. First of all, the coach should inform the two teams to play against each other.

  2. Give points to a team only when it is able to keep possession of the ball and play it into their team's target Player who is in the 10X10 grid space.

  3. Point should be awarded to the team only when the player successfully controls the ball inside the box.

Different Versions

You can introduce following variations: 1. You can create a larger box and alter the grid size.

2. You can add a defender with the target player.

Coaching Points

As a coach, you should look forward to the following things:

  1. You should make sure that your players are easily finding the target player.

  2. You should make sure that the players play the target player early.

  3. There should be a clear distinction of playing "kickball" and playing early

  4. The pass should be made on purpose rather than accidental.

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