Soccer 1v1 Goal Target Player # 2 Training Drill

1v1 Goal Target Player # 2

This is a simple 1 on 1 soccer drill to start your practice as it prepares the player’s body for the movements needed for proper execution throughout practice.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • groups of 4
  • each group with 3-4 balls
  • grid (15yds x 15yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 cone goals (3-5yds)
  • pinnies (optional)
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • players try to dribble around the opponent and score by passing it through the cone goal to the target player
  • direction of play changes if a goal is scored, ball goes out of bounds or the defender wins the ball
  • players cannot score on same target twice in a row
  • switch roles after 2-3 minutes


  • play 2v2, 3v3 etc.
  • players lose possession automatically if they stand still or dribble backwards
  • receiving player switches role with pass giver
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • agility and balance
  • change of direction and speed
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • disguise

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