Soccer 1v1 Mini Goal Training Drill

1v1 Mini Goal

Learn soccer ball dribble tricks with expert tips and advice that are designed to beat any opponent – feints, turns, cut backs and subtle moves.

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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, Finishing, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • mini goal
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • play 1v1
  • attacker attempts to beat defender with a move to score one point
  • two points for scoring a goal
  • game continues until goal is scored, ball goes out of bounce or defender wins the ball


  • play with a passive defender who tries to block dribbler’s path
  • 2v2, 2v1
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • close control
  • change of speed & direction
  • attack front foot
  • get defender off balance

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