Soccer Cone Goals 2v1 Training Drill

Cone Goals 2v1

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Basic Information

Age Group (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players 6+
Difficulty Easy
Time 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams
  • each player with a ball except for defenders
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • cones goals (2-4yds)
  • pinnies


  • 2 attacking teams dribble through cone goals
  • defending team prevents attackers from scoring
  • if a defender wins the ball he gives it right back to the attacker
  • each goal is awarded a point
  • switch roles after 3-4 minutes
  • team with most points after 3 rounds wins


  • each attacking team plays with only one ball
  • 2 teams defend (defenders can only block attacker’s path – they cannot try to win the ball!)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • close control
  • head up
  • protect your ball
  • get defender off balance
  • change of speed & direction
  • vision
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • body position — open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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