Activity Card Small Sided Game 7-12 Target Players

TARGET PLAYERS (Small Sided Game)
Suitable for players aged 7-12 years


  1. Area of up to 30 x 20m. Modify area depending on the number and age of players.
  2. Insert two “end zones” at each end of the pitch. These are the areas for target players to play in.
  3. Divide the players into 2 teams and bib accordingly (Reds / Blues).
  4. One target player from each team starts in their team’s “end zone”.
  5. Have footballs around the area to restart the match quickly


  1. Reds and Blues play in a regular small-sided game, aiming to score in the opponent's goal.
  2. In order to score, teams must pass the ball to their target player, who lays off for a teammate to shoot unopposed.
  3. Defenders are not allowed to enter their defensive end zone.
  4. Rotate target players on a regular basis.


  • One defender is allowed to follow an attacker, once a target player has laid the ball off
  • Target players are not allocated but any team player can move into the end zone at any point
  • If a team score a goal without using a target player = 1pt
  • If a team score a goal using a target player = 3pts


  • Short and long passing
  • Supporting runs
  • Receiving to play forwards
  • Shooting with power or accuracy