Soccer 1v1 Two Goal Finish Training Drill

1v1 Two Goal Finish

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • coach distributes ball and players from each team to play 1v1 until goal is scored or ball goes out of bounds
  • players can score on either goal


  • play 2v2, 3v3, 4v4 etc.
  • vary ways of distribution (high, low, thrown etc.)
  • play with 2x cone goals on same goal line which players have to dribble through in order to score
  • coach distributes ball and teammate of the player that wins the ball enters the game to make a 2v1
  • play with only one large goal with goalie
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • quick finish
  • seal off opponent
  • good first touch
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • soft touch


  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • deny turn
  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning
  • timing and decision to tackle

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