Soccer 1v1 End Line Targets Training Drill

1v1 End Line Targets

These dribbling drills focus on soccer players and their ability to dribble and pass out of pressure.

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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:

  • 4 players per setup
  • 1 ball per setup
  • cones to mark off area
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • target players can move from side to side along the end line to receive the ball
  • players score by dribbling directly to the target player’s feet
  • next the target player becomes the attacker and tries to dribble to the target player on the opposite side
  • the defender stays on until he scores on either target player
  • the defender always starts from the halfway line with the attacker starting from one of the two end lines


  • defender is passive and switches roles with another player after appr. 2-3 minutes (attackers must beat him
  • with a move to be awarded a point)
  • defender is passive and becomes progressively more active
  • 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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