Soccer 1v1 Goal Line Targets Training Drill

1v1 Goal Line Targets

This drill should be used with younger players to focus on soccer dribble skills, looking up and properly striking the ball ball at a target.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • groups of four
  • each group with a ball
  • grid (25yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area


  • play 1v1
  • the player with the ball attempts to pass the ball to a target on the opposite end line
  • if the target receives a pass he switches roles with the passer and then tries to connect a pass to the target on the opposite end line
  • if the defender wins the ball he tries to make a pass to player on the opposite side


  • passes can only be made past the middle line
  • attacker can use player on his own end line for support
  • adjust size of field if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • angle of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy

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