1v1 soccer drill to get attackers finding space

Young attackers often find themselves in situations where they are facing a single defender and have to make decisions as they look for space so they can get past them and score. In this coaching session, the 1v1 soccer drill gives your attacker a good test in attempting to create space to score.

Soccer (football) drill set up

  • Make an area 25 x 20 yards with cones for this drill.
  • You need two goals – I use corner flags as goalposts – and two more cones to mark the place where the players stand in the drill.
  • There are two goalkeepers and two outfield players.

Start the soccer drill

  • The defender passes into the attacker to start the drill.
  • The attacker tries to create space in order to shoot at goal, while the defender must close him down.
  • The attacker is allowed to score in either goal and should be encouraged to show disguise and skill in order to lose the defender and score.

Player movement bar

Soccer drill to develop decision making skills of attackers

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