Soccer 1v1 Dribbling Gates # 1 Training Drill

1v1 Dribbling Gates # 1

This dribbling soccer drill will help players recognize when to make runs and get comfortable making those runs with speed and good techniques.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 5-15 min.
Emphasis: dribbling, attacking, defending

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • each pair with a ball
  • cone goals (2-3 yds)
  • supply of cones
  • repeat setup to accommodate entire team


  • the player with the ball tries to dribble through as many cone goals as possible
  • players cannot go through the same goal twice in a row
  • if the defender wins ball, he gives it back to the attacker
  • switch roles after appr. 45-60 seconds
  • play for 2-3 rounds
  • player with most goals wins


  • play in teams (3v3 with one ball)
  • if the defender wins the ball he is allowed to score
  • if a player beats the defender with a move, he is awarded an extra point

Coaching Points:


  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision


  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • deny turn

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