This session helps defenders understand the importance of marking tightly in the penalty area and not losing their man. MORE
Penalty area battle
This 1v1 drill is both physically and mentally demanding for the players as they compete to win the game. They must show strength and patience in order to win the battle.
The set up
Area: 18 yard box
Equipment: 6 cones, 6 balls, 1 goal
- One player from each team goes into the penalty area. The other players surround the outside of the area with a ball each.
- The black player starts by receiving a ball from one of his team-mates and attempting to score. The white player must try to defend.
- The players then switch roles for the next ball. The game continues until all the balls have been played into the area.
What to call out
- “Get tight”
- “Stop the turn”
- “Can you block the shot/win the ball”
Two players will do battle inside the penalty area.
The defender makes a tackle to stop the attacker scoring.
The roles are reversed for the next ball in. Again the defender is successful.