Soccer 3v3 Cone Goals Training Drill

3v3 Cone Goals

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (3-5yds)
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • teams score by dribbling through cone goals
  • team cannot score on same cone goal twice in a row


  • play 4v4, 5v5 etc.
  • teams score by stopping the ball between any cone goal
  • if a team manages to dribble through all the cone goals it is awarded an extra point
  • vary number and size of cone goals
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication


  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • timing and decision to tackle
  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass
  • changing role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication

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