Soccer 1v1v1v1 Training Drill


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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 4 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies optional
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • on coach’s command one player from each team attempts to dribble a ball from the middle of the grid back to his/her corner
  • each player who gets a ball to his/her corner with control is awarded a point
  • next group of players repeats sequence


  • play with three teams only
  • player who gets his/her ball back first gets an extra point
  • player who beats defender with move successfully gets an extra point
  • vary the number of balls in the middle to make it easier/harder
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • soft touch

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