Soccer Mini Goal 1v1 Training Drill

Mini Goal 1v1

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • coach plays in the game ball and first player from each team play 1v1
  • winner stays on, loser leaves and is replaced by a teammate
  • if ball goes out of bounce both players get substituted by teammates


  • coach calls players by name
  • play 2v2, 2v1, 3v2 etc.
  • 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
  • acceleration
  • close control
  • focus

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