Soccer coaching drill for player skills in a 1v1 situation

The soccer defenders in this drill must have a “no one shall pass” mentality in order to stop the attacker and then have a chance to attack themselves.

1v1 defending should be seen as an important part of your coaching programme. You will find the players will respond better on match day when they know how to dealt with 1v1 situations. The only way they will do this is to practice them over and over again.

Of course this can get very repetitive so you must make it more fun. I think this session is great fun for the players.

Set up an area with two 30 yards long by 10 yards wide alleys with end zones. You will need a few balls – try and get one for each player.

How to play it

  • The attackers attempt to dribble past the defender to the opposite end of the alley.
  • If successful they wait and join the line coming in the opposite direction.
  • However, if they are tackled then the roles are reversed with the defender joining the line and attacker becoming the new defender.
  • It’s really important to keep the tempo high. This makes the session much more fun as the attackers try, and often fail, to remember to defend if they have been tackled.

What to call out

  • “Pressure away from the end zone”
  • “Force the play to one side”
  • “Be patient, don’t over commit”

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