Soccer 1v1 Dribbling Gates # 2 Training Drill

1v1 Dribbling Gates # 2

This 1v1 Dribbling Gates activity is designed for young players and will focus on their dribbling soccer skills and is great fun for the kids.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • each pair with a ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (3-5 yds)
  • pinnies
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • players in possession try to score by dribbling through as many cone goals as possible
  • players cannot go through same gate twice in a row
  • if the defender gets possession of the ball he has to give it back to his partner right away
  • switch roles after appr. 45-60 seconds


  • players score by stopping the ball between any cone goal
  • defenders can also score on any goal (closest goal) if they win the ball
  • if a player manages to dribble through all the cone goals he is awarded an extra point
  • vary number and size of cone goals
  • same rules as before but now play 3v3 or 4v4 with one ball
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


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


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

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