Soccer 1v1 Finishing Drill # 1 Training Drill

1v1 Finishing Drill # 1

Soccer finishing exercises like this one are great to focus on 1v1 play. They can be used to work on the offensive side or the defensive side.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: finishing, attacking, defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2x goals with goalies
  • supply of cones
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • red players (attackers) blue players (defenders)
  • red attacker and blue defender stand in the centre of the grid as shown
  • the coach plays the ball into the feet of the attacker who has to try to score on either goal
  • the blue player attempts to block the shot or to play the ball out of bounce
  • switch roles after 5-7 minutes


  • vary positions of the goals
  • four touches maximum for attackers
  • if the defender wins the ball they can try and score as well
  • the coach varies how the ball is played in (thrown, high or low, backspin etc.)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • body mechanics and control of body
  • body position and balance
  • eye on ball
  • quality of preparation touch
  • contact surface
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage

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