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Sidestep the last man and shoot
Attackers only need to create a little room in order to get a shot at the goal when there’s one defender between them and the goal. Get your players practising this attacking 1v1 situation.
What this session is about
- Improving dribbling skills and close control.
What to think about
Players wishing to use a skill in a 1v1 must:
- Keep the ball within playing distance.
- Use the inside and outside of both feet.
- Take quick, small steps.
- Be direct.
- Use sudden changes of speed and direction to surprise defenders.
- Use feints to unbalance defenders.
- Look to shoot if possible, once a little space is created.
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What you get your players to do
Mark out a 40×25 yards area with a goal at each end and a mannequin/flag in the centre of the area.
Split players into two groups. Each starts at opposite corners of the pitch, to the right of each goal. The first player from each group starts at the same time by dribbling towards the mannequin/ flag, performing a dribbling skill, such as a stepover, to the right then shooting.
After shooting, players join the back of the opposite line and the second players set off. After a set time, move the groups to start from the corners of the pitch to the left of each goal, so they practise their sidesteps to the left.
To progress, use poles or flags to create target zones in each goal so players have to aim for the corners.
Remove the mannequin/flag and add a keeper to each goal. Players are split into two groups again, starting from opposite corners of the pitch.
The drill starts with player A dribbling a ball and trying to score at the opposite end – performing a skill to fool the keeper will help him succeed.
As soon as he has a shot, player B tries to score in the other goal. Player A quickly tries to defend against player B. No matter what the outcome of this 1v1, the next player starts from the first group, while B becomes the new defender, and so on.
Players always return to the same line and attack the same goal so a winning team can be determined.
Increase the playing area in length only and mark out a 15-yard zone at each end.
Play a five-a-side game, including keepers. Each team has a defender restricted to its end zone.
The aim of the game is for a player to dribble into the opponent’s end zone. Once there, they face a 1v1 against the defender, plus they have the keeper to score past. Players take dribble-ins instead of throw-ins.
Encourage sidesteps and other skills to beat defenders and keepers. The team that scores most goals wins.