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The one-on-one battle

This week’s session is designed to improve your players’ ability to dribble 1v1 and beat their opponent to score goals.

What this session is about

  1.  1v1 attacking.
  2.  Dribbling to beat the defender.
  3.  Scoring goals.

What to think about

In 1v1 situations, your players need a combination of skill and technique to beat their opponents and get into goalscoring positions.

This includes body feints, changes of speed, ball skills, changes of direction and strength to distance attackers from the opponent.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Split the group into threes with one ball. Players work in a passive (non-tackling) environment on different types of dribbling movements.

  1.  To start, player 1 passes to player 2 who dribbles towards player 3 and completes a skill, such as a feint, then accelerate away and into space, as shown in the top picture.
  2.  Player 1 passes to player 2 who is pressured from behind by player 3. Player 2 must now complete a skill to turn and accelerate away from player 3.
  3.  Player 1 passes to player 2 who is pressured from the front by player 3. Player 2 quickly combines with player 1 to complete a one-two movement around player 2 and accelerates into space.
Players 1 and 2 combine to try and beat player 3.

Players 1 and 2 combine to try and beat player 3.


Development

Mark out a 30-yard square with cones and place a goal at opposite ends.

Place a defender (D) in each half, midfielders (M) to the side of the goal and forwards (F) on the side of the pitch (on the halfway line).

To start, a midfielder passes to a forward, who receives the ball and dribbles onward to attack 1v1 against the defender with the intention of beating the keeper as well.

After the attack, the midfielder at the opposite end must pass to the new forward, who starts a 1v1 attack in the opposite direction.

A midfielder (M) passes to a forward (F), who takes on a defender (D) in a 1v1 then tries to score past the keeper.

A midfielder (M) passes to a forward (F), who takes on a defender (D) in a 1v1 then tries to score past the keeper.


Game situation

Use two teams for a small-sided game. Each team has one goalkeeper and four outfield players.

Each team has three players that must man mark an opposing player (1v1). The fourth player acts as a defensive sweeper (S) and must cover the three team mates. The 1v1 players can only tackle their direct opponents, the only other player than can tackle is the team’s sweeper.

When a team is in possession, players on that team must be constantly on the move to lose their man marker to receive a pass. Now they must attack their opponent 1v1 to accelerate into space and then decide to beat the opponent’s sweeper or pass to a team mate for a shot at goal.

No offside rule is in place in the game and the team that scores most goals wins.

Players can only tackle their direct opponent in 1v1s but a sweeper (S) is allowed to tackle anyone in this small-sided game.

Players can only tackle their direct opponent in 1v1s but a sweeper (S) is allowed to tackle anyone in this small-sided game.


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