Soccer 1v1 Two Grids Training Drill

1v1 Two Grids

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: dribbling, attacking, defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • 2 grids (15yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • mini goals
  • pinnies
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • players dribble through cone goal to take on defender in a 1v1 situation
  • defender is allowed to enter through cone goal #2 once attacker crosses through goal #1
  • the defender cannot follow the attacker once he dribbles through cone goal #2
  • next the attacker becomes the defender


  • coach distributes ball and teammate of the player that wins the ball enters the game to make a 2v1
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • protect ball
  • change of speed & direction
  • vision
  • set up defender
  • close control
  • quick finish

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