Soccer 1v1 End Zone Training Drill


1v1 End Zone

Dribbling soccer games like this one are great to teach players how to take on their opponent or how to attack space.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 4 teams with 3-4 players each
  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 grids (15yds x 20yds)
  • pinnies

Description:

  • play 1v1
  • teams score a point by dribbling into opponent’s end zone with control
  • team that was scored on last always starts with the ball
  • next pair comes on if a goal is scored or the ball goes out of bounce

Variation:

  • play tournament (team with 10 points advances)
  • players must stop the ball dead inside the end zone for the point to count
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

Attacking:

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

Defending:

  • 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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