Soccer 1v1v1 Variation Training Drill

1v1v1 Variation

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 9+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams with 2-3 players
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (3-4yds)
  • pinnies
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • play 1v1v1
  • the coach plays in the ball
  • the players score by dribbling through their own cone goal
  • repeat sequence with a new set of players
  • the first team to reach 3 points wins


  • set a time limit for each game (i.e. 45 seconds)
  • add a neutral player
  • play 2v2v2
  • players score by passing through their own cone goal to a teammate who controls the ball
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • agility and balance
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball


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

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