Soccer Pair Shooting w Defender Training Drill

Pair Shooting w Defender

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups
  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • 1 goal w goalie


  • on coach’s command first player from each line dribble zig zag around cones and then pass to each other before
  • they are allowed to shoot on goal
  • defender attempts to prevent at least on attacker from shooting
  • players waiting in line pass to each other until their turn comes up


  • same as before but only player has a ball (2v1)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quality of preparation touch
  • get the shot off as quickly as possible
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • if the goalkeeper charges out – slot the ball under him or dribble around him
  • defender must force attacker to one side
  • close down shooter quickly

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