Soccer warm up drill for 1v1 skills

Often using basic soccer drills can be a very effective way of boosting your team's football skills and success. Try this 1v1 soccer warm-up drill where the players have to stay either side of a line and beat each other to a cone to work up match-day skills.

Get to one of the cones first drill

This is a good way to warm-up your young players and get them to show off some of their basic soccer skills. In this game the player with the ball has a choice of cones to the left or right and he has to get the ball to one of the cones before the defender opposite him.

Sell a dummy to the defender drill

To do this, your player has to sell a dummy, go towards one cone, then fool the defender with a clever turn or move to either send him on his way or turn and leave the defender behind.

Work on 1v1 skills

This happens all over the pitch in football matches. Your players are constantly facing 1v1 situations where they have to beat a player in order to advance on goal. If you can get them practising the skills in training, they will use them in matches.

THE DIAGRAM BELOW SHOWS GREAT, NON-CONTACT SOCCER DRILLS USING THE TURNS AND MOVES IN A 1V1 SITUATION.

 image shows four stages of drill using cones with a 1v1 ball control challenge

Soccer drill set up

Tell your players they must not dwell on the ball but keep it moving

  • In this drill players must use moves and turns, such as the drag back, Cruyff turn, stepovers, scissors, backheels etc to lose the defender.

  • If there is a chance to score a point, tell your players they must take it!

  • The attacker should face the defender at all times so he knows his position.

  • Keep the ball close to the body.

ADVANCE THE DRILL SO THAT THE ATTACKER HAS TO MAKE THREE DIFFERENT MOVES OR TURNS BEFORE HE CAN SCORE A POINT.

Key soccer coaching tip: quick thinking and clever moves give your players the edge in match situations.

Click here for another soccer warm-up drill that will improve your players' ball control skills.

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