Soccer Square Cone Goals # 2 Training Drill

Square Cone Goals # 2

Competitive small sided soccer games and are popular with children that emphasize beating players in 1v1s. They have smaller fields and fewer players.

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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 two cone goals
  • teams score by dribbling through cone goal
  • if the ball goes out of bounce it is dribbled it back in


  • teams score by stopping the ball dead on goal line
  • teams defend two goals opposite from each other
  • teams defend two goals diagonally next to each other
  • minimum of 2-3 touches
  • add neutral player
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

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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