Soccer Middle Cone Goal Training Drill

Middle Cone Goal

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • middle cone goal (3-6yds)
  • pinnies


  • teams score by dribbling through middle cone goal from either side
  • no throw ins (when the ball is out of bounce the ball is dribbled back in)
  • players cannot go across the goal line without the ball


  • add a neutral player
  • add a neutral goalie
  • minimum of two (three) touches
  • one team scores by dribbling through one side of the goal, the other team scores by dribbling through the other side
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • soft touch

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