Soccer Targets in Goals # 1 Training Drill

Targets in Goals # 1

Study and implement our 1v1 soccer drills from simple exercises to more complex ones and improve your players’ skills in 1 on 1 situations effectively.

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Basic Information

Age Group:(5-7yrs)(8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Dribbling

Field Preparation:

in pairs
grid (20yds x 30yds)
cones to mark off area
cone goals (2-4yds)


  • play 1v1 inside the grid and try to complete a penetrating shot, pass or dribble through the cone goals to the target player
  • whoever plays the ball to the target player must replace them


  • one designated attacker and one designated defender who switch roles after 90 seconds
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quick decision making
  • accuracy
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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