Soccer 1v1 Attacking Zone Training Drill

1v1 Attacking Zone

The Soccer Attacking Drill will focus on all aspects of the game such as passing, moving, and finishing.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8-16
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 20-30 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • 2 endzones 8-12yds deep
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks a goal with goalie
  • play 4v4 in the middle zone
  • one defender and one attacker in each endzone
  • all players must stay in their zone
  • players inside the middle zone attempt to pass to their striker who plays 1v1 versus a defender from
  • the opposing team inside the attacking zone
  • switch forward/defender


  • player who makes the pass to striker can move into attacking zone to create 2v1 situation
  • play always starts in middle zone
  • forward has to finish on first/second touch
  • play 5v5, 6v6, 7v7 in the middle zone etc.
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • disguise
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage

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