Soccer 2v1 Plus Goalie Training Drill

2v1 Plus Goalie

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  1. groups of 4
  2. each group with a ball
  3. grid (20yds x 30yds)
  4. cones to mark off area
  5. pinnies


  • one player on each team acts as a goalkeeper who can only come out of the goal to support if his teammate is in
  • possession of the ball
  • goalies cannot score
  • switch roles after 3-4 minutes


  • goalies can score
  • limit number of touches
  • players score by dribbling across opponent’s end line with control (goalie must stay on end line to block attacker’s path)
  • 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
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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