How to Use a Target Player Effectively

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on playing into a target player and then laying the ball back.

When we speak of providing support we frequently speak of supporting in triangles and make the assumption that the support is going forward. As an example, in the diagram below, the player with the ball has a defender in front of him but two options of supporting players because they have provided a support triangle.


A player receiving the ball with his back to goal needs the same type of support with the only difference being that the support would come from behind.


In this activity we are going to play 3 v 2 to goal with a keeper and then the plays starts with a pass into the target player.

Start with a target player who is tightly marked, two attacking center midfielders, a defender supporting behind the target player, a keeper and a server.


The balls gets played into the target player and the two attacking midfielders provide support behind.



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At that point play is live. Some options are shown below.


The idea of this activity is to provide quick support to the target player from behind and then allow free play.

Rotate 3 new attacking players and 2 new defenders each time to keep things going quickly.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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