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Soccer drill procedure

Intensive one-on-one training in small groups; we recommend a maximum of four players. This makes it possible to always have a one-on-one, while the other two players have an active break by being pass receivers.

Both one-on-one players will be put to the test and are only swapped after the last ball. It is of course possible to have more balls ready, but then it gets tougher and we miss the point of the drill, which is to practice one-on-ones.

If you don’t have enough goals and goalkeepers, you can play using small, cone, or pole goals.


The passers always kick the ball to a player in the center, until all of the balls are used up. The ball can be passed to either player, or can always be passed to one player. In the round after next, the one-on-one players switch tasks.


- No attacking when the ball is received
- The player in control of the ball can pass to the kickers, in order to then offer himself to receive the ball again.

Soccer coach tips

- Demand that players feint
- Stop long one-on-ones, what is important is that goals are scored quickly

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 4 + goalkeeper
Maximum group size: 6 + goalkeeper
Materials required: Enough balls, four cone markers, one goal
Field size: According to group’s ability

Intensive one-on-one training in small groups