Soccer Zone 1v1 Training Drill

Zone 1v1

This collection of soccer coaching drills for youngsters concentrates on the fundamentals in the game – possessing, passing, tackling, heading and finishing. Ensure that your kids’ attention is increasing using these particularly exciting soccer exercises for young children that will help them learn the essentials of the game. This drill will assist you to get your pointers across by using images together with in-depth directions teaching how to perform the soccer practice drills.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 4-6 players max per station
  • each attacker with a ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • defenders must stay in their designated zones
  • defenders can enter their zone and attack the ball as soon as the attacker dribbles inside
  • attacker replaces the second defender who takes the first defender’s position
  • next first defender becomes the attacker


  • add a third zone/defender
  • one defender is passive, other defender is active
  • all defenders are passive
  • all defenders are active
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control


  • closing down
  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning
  • timing and decision to tackle

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