1v1v1 Triangle Game

Chris Johnson 104,093 Views Rating 3.92 (39 Reviews)

The 1v1v1 Triangle Game soccer drill focuses on attacking in a number-down situation. This game will encourage players to dribble, take players on, shield the ball from the defensive players, and the vision to find the open goal. Defensively this drill promotes players to stay aware of their defensive shape and tackling players on the dribble.

Soccer Drill Diagram: 1v1v1 Triangle Game

1v1v1 Triangle Game Soccer Drill

The 1v1v1 Triangle Game soccer drill focuses on the attacking in number down situations and will encourage players to dribble to take players on.
Drill Setup

  1. In a triangular shape, set three 2yrd goals approximately 15-20 yards apart.
  2. Assign each of the players a goal to defend.
  3. These players can attack and score on any of the other two goals.
  4. Create multiple games around the practice area.
Drill Instructions

  1. Players will play one vs. one vs. one (1v1v1) to their attacking goals.
  2. Players must defend their goal.
  3. Goals must be scored by “Dribbling” through the goal and will not count if passed through the gate. This will encourage the players to take on the defenders quickly to get in behind them to score the goal.
  4. The first person to 5 goals wins the match.
  5. Rotate players to a different grid.
Drill Variations

  • To add complexity to the game, remove the disc cone gates and give each player one 9" tall cones to attack/defend. This cone will serve as the goal. Now Instruct players to knock over the cone to score the goal. This will encourage players to pass the ball into the cone and focus on passing accuracy.
Drill Coaching Points

  • On the attacking player, encourage the players to dribble at players with speed with the intent to get to the space behind the defenders.
  • Make sure players are looking up trying to find the most venerable goal.
  • Defensively encourage players to stay aware of their positioning and recover quickly when transitioning from offense to defense.

Top Rated Soccer Drills

7v7 Scrimmage

Chris Johnson 154,763 Views Rating 4.4 (5 Reviews)
It's always good to finishing a soccer training session with a 7 vs. 7 scrimmage to focus on team play.

Sharks and Minnows

Chris Johnson 560,235 Views Rating 4.3 (166 Reviews)
The Sharks and Minnows dribbling drill focuses on using the body to protect the ball by placing their body in between the ball and the defender.

1v1 Diamond Shooting Drill

Chris Johnson 479,387 Views Rating 4.3 (10 Reviews)
Spice up your shooting combination drill by finishing with a 1v1 to goal. Add a fun little twist, and the kids love it.

Pirates of the Pugg

John Bychok 707,787 Views Rating 4.27 (384 Reviews)
This drill is an excellent drill for younger players ages 8-11 and focuses on dribbling technique in traffic which requires vision and awareness.

Alien Tag Soccer Game

Chris Johnson 336,375 Views Rating 4.27 (11 Reviews)
Alien tag is a great Under 4 soccer game for 3, 4, 5, and 6 year-olds. Your kids will like flying around and crashing in their spaceship.

4v4 Soccer to a Small Gate

Chris Johnson 242,139 Views Rating 4.24 (75 Reviews)
4v4 in soccer is the smallest game focusing on all aspects of a full sided soccer match.

The Flag Game - Dribbling in Tight Spaces

Chris Johnson 194,317 Views Rating 4.23 (48 Reviews)
The flat game soccer drill is designed to focus on young soccer players learning to dribble in tight spaces.

Four Corners Passing Game

Chris Johnson 785,094 Views Rating 4.2 (284 Reviews)
The Four Corners Soccer Passing Game is a great soccer passing drill to focus on changing the point of the attack, and timing of runs and passes.

1v1 Competition

Chris Johnson 334,554 Views Rating 4.2 (147 Reviews)
This drill is great to focus on 1v1 play. It is flexible and can be used to work on the offensive side or the defensive side.


Chris Johnson 683,020 Views Rating 4.18 (268 Reviews)
A FUN soccer drill for younger players (U6, U7, and U8) to introduce dribbling, looking up and correctly striking the ball at a target.