The drag push drill

The ability to dominate opponents in 1v1s is a match-winning tool for players to bring to the team. It is something that can enhance every side, giving them their own Ronaldo or Messi.

Set up

Set up an area of 25×20 yards with a goal at each end. We’ve used 12 players.

How to play it

Split your players into two groups of four – attackers and defenders, placed diagonally across from each other in the corners of the pitch. Two players are servers and two are goalkeepers.
The first attacker feints towards the touchline then turns to receive a pass from one of the servers. This releases the first defender who goes 1v1 against the attacker, who can only score when past the centre line.
When the ball goes dead the attacker joins the defenders, the server joins the attackers and the defender joins the servers. Once all the players have had a go, move the servers to the opposite diagonal.


Encourage the attacker to use the drag push to beat the defender. If he moves quickly he can get over the halfway line before the defender has got there, putting pressure on the defender and making the skill easier to complete.

    1. The attacker feints towards the touchline then turns to receive a pass from the server

      2. The defender must move the instant the attacker touches the ball and goes 1v1

        3. The attacker performs a drag turn skill to beat the defender and score a goal

          4. Players switch queues when the ball has gone dead – in the goal or out of play

            5. Once everyone has had a go switch the servers to the opposite diagonal

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