Soccer Cone Goals w Passive Defenders Training Drill

Cone Goals w Passive Defenders

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • grid (30yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (3-4yds)


  • attackers score a point by dribbling through a cone goal
  • players without a ball act as passive defenders
  • switch roles after 2-3 minutes
  • player with most points after 3 rounds wins


  • play with active defenders
  • vary numbers of defenders and attackers (5v5, 6v4 etc.)
  • 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
  • close control

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