Soccer 1v1 Middle Cone Goal Training Drill

1v1 Middle Cone Goal

If your child has taken a liking to soccer and wants to stick with it, you can help her improve her skills by encouraging “dribbling” with her head up.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 4
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • 1v1 on middle cone goal
  • players score by dribbling through cone goal from both sides
  • rotate players after 2 minutes or 5 goals


  • each team can score only from one predetermined side
  • if player beats defender with a move he is awarded an extra point
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control


  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning

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