Soccer Square Cone Goals # 1 Training Drill

Square Cone Goals # 1

Discover several Small-Sided Games on this site. Reason is that we want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to score goals!

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (25yds x 40yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (3-5yds)
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks one square
  • teams score by dribbling into the square through one side and out through another one
  • if the ball goes out of bounce it is dribbled it back in


  • teams score by stopping the ball dead inside the square
  • teams can score in both squares
  • teams score by dribbling into a square and then passing it to a teammate
  • vary position and/or number of squares
  • minimum of 2-3 touches for all players
  • add neutral player
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • quick transition
  • switch point of attack
  • 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
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass
  • change role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication

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