Soccer Mini Goals # 1 Training Drill

Mini Goals # 1

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • each pair with a ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • 4 cone goals (2-4yds)


  • pair of players pass ball back and forth (two touch passing)
  • on coach’s command player in possession tries to dribble through any of the cone goals
  • player with the ball cannot score on the same goal twice in a row
  • play 1v1 for appr. 2-3 minutes and then players resume specific partner activity as a rest period


  • each player is assigned two goals that he can score on
  • players juggle ball together
  • players can only dribble with right or left foot
  • players have to beat the defender with a move
  • vary number and/or size of cone goals
  • play with mini goals instead of cone goals
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary


  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • soft touch


  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • timing and decision to tackle

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