Soccer 1v1 Through Cone Goals Training Drill

1v1 Through Cone Goals

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 1 goal with goalie
  • 2 cone goals (5-7yds)
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • players dribble through cone goal to take on defender in a 1v1 situation
  • defender is allowed to enter through cone goal #2 once the attacker crosses through goal #1
  • the defender cannot follow the attacker once he dribbles through cone goal #2
  • next the attacker becomes the defender


  • defender only becones an attacker if he wins the ball
  • once the attacker dribbles through cone goal #2 he must finish on goal with his first touch
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • accuracy over power
  • eye on ball
  • quality of preparation touch
  • contact surface
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • close control

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