Soccer 1v1 Finishing Drill # 4 Training Drill

1v1 Finishing Drill # 4

The purpose of 1v1 soccer drills like this one is to focus on dribbling to beat a defender, passing and finishing with a shot.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 1 goal with goalie
  • good supply of cones
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • player 1 passes to player 2 who receives the ball and attempts to finish on goal
  • player 1 follows his pass and becomes a defender who prevents a shot on goal
  • next sequence repeats from the other side
  • players switch roles after each turn
  • switch goalies


  • shooter must finish on goal off his first touch
  • pass-giver makes a throw-in to his partner
  • pass-giver makes a lofted pass to the attacker
  • set a time limit for the attacker to score
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • accurate passes
  • quick finish
  • get defender off balance
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • placement versus power


  • closing down – pressuring opponent
  • angle and speed of approach
  • delay and channel

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