These are the kind of duels they would face in a real game. Remember to also alert your players to the fact that beating an opponent in a 1v1 will remove them from the soccer game, allowing more space to attack.
How to set it up
Use an area 50 yards by 30 yards with a 10-yard square area in the centre of the larger area.
How to play it
Pass a ball into the smaller area where two players must compete for it. The player successful at taking the ball outside of the area has the chance to run and take a shot at goal.
How to develop it
The player that wins the initial battle in the centre area has to take on the defender in 1v1.
However, if the defender wins the ball from the attacker then he can pass the ball back to his team mate in the centre square.
The team mate can now go 1v1 at the opposite end.
Now when winning the 1v1 duel, your player attacks as he would in a game with the attackers outnumbering the defenders (the picture showing 3v2 can be changed to suit the players available in your session).
Play it in a game
The objective is to show the players in your team the benefits of competing and winning the duel against their immediate opponent in the game.
This drill was originally in the Soccer Coach Smart Sessions.
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