EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Man behind

This session is designed to improve the ability to receive the ball under pressure and to twist and turn away from the defender in order to pass/dribble forward.

What this session is about

  1.  Turning and twisting away from a defender.
  2.  Remaining composed under pressure.
  3.  Passing or dribbling forward into attack.

What to think about

A recent study by UEFA showed that 75% of 1v1s are when the opponent is on your back and you are facing away from the goal you are attacking. Therefore, time must be spent improving this aspect of 1v1 training.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out a 15 x 30-yard area with an unmanned mini goal at each end.

Have two lines of players outside the area. The first from each line runs into the area and a team-mate passes to one who takes the ball with his back to goal and a defender tight on him.

The attacker has to turn, dribble and score.

For the next attack, the next two players in the line enter the playing area and one gets a pass from a team mate.

Play 1v1 with a player getting the ball with his back to goal and defender tightly marking.

Play 1v1 with a player getting the ball with his back to goal and defender tightly marking.


Development

Mark out a 20-yard square using cones.

Three teams of three are used in the game.

One team is spread outside the square as neutral players.

Each neutral player has a number of balls ready to pass into the square.

The remaining two teams go 1v1 with a player on the opposing team. The coach gives each player a number (1, 2 or 3). They all go outside the square and take turns to compete 1v1.

To start, a neutral player rolls a ball into the centre of the square. Immediately, players 1 race into the area and fight to win possession of the ball. The player winning the ball must twist and turn away from the opponent and pass outside to a different neutral player.

The neutral player repeats the process by passing the ball back into the area for players 2 to race into the area and challenge for possession.

Play 1v1. The ball is passed in. The attacker has to turn, dribble and pass the ball to a player outside the square.

Play 1v1. The ball is passed in. The attacker has to turn, dribble and pass the ball to a player outside the square.


Game situation

Use an 18-yard box with a manned goal. Three teams of three are used: One team attacks, one defends and one surrounds the box as neutral servers.

The game is played until one team scores three goals.

To start, a neutral player passes to an attacker inside the box. This creates a 3v3. The attackers try to turn, combine and score. The defenders try to regain possession and make a pass back outside the area to a neutral player.

If the defenders pass outside, then the roles are reversed and they become the attacking team.

Play 3v3 in the penalty area. The attackers look to score while defenders aim to get the ball to a player outside the square.

Play 3v3 in the penalty area. The attackers look to score while defenders aim to get the ball to a player outside the square.


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