Soccer Cone Goals in the Middle Training Drill

Cone Goals in the Middle

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (4-7yds)
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks one cone goal
  • players score by dribbling through cone goal
  • players can score from both sides


  • play tournament
  • teams can score on both goals
  • teams score by dribbling through a cone goal and then connecting a pass to a teammate
  • minimum of two (three) touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protecting the ball
  • vision
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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