Soccer Zone 1v1 With Target Training Drill

Zone 1v1 With Target

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • groups of 4-6
  • each group with 2-3 balls
  • grid (30yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • one player starts in the middle and acts as a defender
  • another player acts a goalie in the mini goal
  • first player in line dribbles and tries to get past the defender in the middle grid before trying to score on the mini goal
  • the attacker then becomes the defender and the defender becomes the goalie


  • passive defender
  • players must use a move to get past the defender
  • players can attack in pairs (2v1)
  • 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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