Soccer 1v1 Hot Box Training Drill

1v1 Hot Box Training

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: 5-15 min.
Emphasis: dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • each pair with a ball
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • 6x cone goals (3-4yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • attacking player starts with the ball outside the grid
  • defending player starts from inside the grid (appr. 5yds away)
  • attacker enters the grid with the ball and scores by dribbling through a cone goal out of the grid with control of the ball
  • if the defender wins the ball, it is given back to the attacker
  • attacker cannot score on the same goal twice in a row


  • both players can score
  • attackers score by stopping the ball dead on the cone goal line

Coaching Points:

  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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