Soccer 1v1 Number Goals Training Drill

1v1 Number Goals

Study and implement our super soccer skills video. Being able to dribble and shield the ball is perhaps the most important soccer skill for young players.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (3-4yds)
  • pinnies optional


  • play 1v1
  • each goal is assigned a number from 1-3
  • coach distributes the ball (high/low throw, high/low pass)
  • when coach calls out a number players (1v1) can score by dribbling through the cone goal with that number
  • play continues until goal is scored or ball goes out of bounce
  • players keep rotating 1v1s


  • play with 2 or 4 cone goals
  • play 2v2
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • seal off defender
  • quick decision making
  • 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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