1v1 Diamond Shooting Drill

This 1v1 drill focuses on a passing combination with movement off the ball and finishes with a one vs. one to goal. If players miss they become the keeper and the game continues. Players love the fun, competitive twist of being able to make a player become a goalkeeper.

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1v1 Shooting Drill


  1. Set cones in the shape of a diamond about 20 yards from goal. Each cone about 12 yards apart. Adjust the size based on the age and skill level of your players.
  2. Instruct one player to start at cone 2, 3, and 4. The remaining players form a line behind cone 1.
  3. Instruct one player to start in the goal (not necessarily the goalkeeper as this will change).
  4. A supply of balls should be placed near cone 1.


  1. Player 1 starts with the ball and passes to player 2. Player 1 follows the pass and moves to player 2's place.
  2. Player 2 passes to player 3 and moves into quickly moves into defensive position.
  3. Player 3 passes to player 4 and takes 4's place.
  4. Player 4 receives the ball and immediately takes on player 2 in 1v1 battle to goal.
  5. If player 4 doesn't score in the 1 vs 1, player 4 becomes the keeper. If player 4 scores, keeper remains.

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If players are struggling with the one vs. one play and not many shots are being taken, reduce the role of the defensive player to 50%. If players still struggle to score or get shots off, remove the defensive player.

Coaching Points

  • Good passing combination
  • Quick Movement off the ball
  • Good defensive posture and positioning
  • Shooter beats the defender with speed and gets a shot on target.

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls
  • Full Size Goal

Drill Target Ages

  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under
  • U17 and Older

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Soccer Drill Titled: 1v1 Diamond Shooting Drill
Tagged: 1v1 Shooting Drill
Published by: Chris Johnson
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