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1v1 duel

Overview

The 1v1 duel pitches two players in a tight situation where there can only be one winner. Who has got the determination and skill to claim the ball and dribble past their opponent to score a goal?

Set up

  • Pitch 50yds x 30yds with a 10yd square marked in the centre

See complete set up here

What you get your players to do

Two teams line up outside the square. The players enter the square and wait for you to pass to one of them. Once you make the pass the 1v1 duel commences. The aim is for one of the players to dribble out of the opponent’s end line and into a 1v1 situation against the goalkeeper to score. The next two players enter the square.

Rules

  • The game is played for ten minutes
  • The teams must keep count of the number of goals they score
  • The players must go out of their opponent’s end line. If the ball goes out of the side line then the 1v1 duel must restart with a new pass from you

Development/progression

To increase the difficulty for the player shooting, insist that once the player has dribbled out of the square they are then only allowed two touches prior to shooting at goal.

 

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1v1 duel - part 1

Two players go into the central square.

1v1 duel - part 2

You pass onto the pitch and the two players in the centre square compete to dribble out of the zone and shoot at goal.

1v1 duel - part 3

The next two players enter the square.

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