Soccer 1v1 Triangle Duel Training Drill

1v1 Triangle Duel Training

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • each pair with a ball
  • grid (20yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • one attacking player and one defending player
  • attacking scores a point by stopping the ball dead at any of the four cones in his half of the grid
  • if defender wins the ball he gives it right back
  • switch roles after 90 sec.
  • rotate partners 2 (4) rounds


  • defender switches role with the attacker if he stops the ball dead at one of two designated cones
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


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


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

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