Soccer 1v1 Receiving Square Training Drill

1v1 Receiving Square

This soccer passing/receiving drill is meant to improve the technique of short, accurate passing and receiving with increasing pressure.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • each player at a corner with a ball
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area


  • players inside squares move towards ball, receive it and dribble to next corner
  • 2-3 defenders try to win possession once the attacker leaves the square (defender cannot intercept the pass)
  • play is over once a player (attacker or defender) dribbles out of the grid and high fives the next player in line at the next corner
  • defenders switch roles with the attacker that they took the ball from
  • player at the corner follows his pass into square


  • vary number of defenders
  • play with passive defenders
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • close control
  • change of speed & direction
  • communication
  • protect your ball
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • good first touch

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