Small-sided games are a great way to give your players lots of touches of the ball and get them back on track for playing matches. Try these four small-sided games that work on different aspects of your players’ technique. A great tactic to practice in a small-sided game is counter-attacking after winning the ball at... MORE
No Through Road
A simple and continuous game aimed at improving your players in 1v1 situations and developing their all-round tackling abilities
Why use it
In the modern game it is crucial that players can defend 1v1 against a range of opponents. Matches at all levels are made up of a series of 1v1 situations so it is important that adequate time is spent working on individual technique in training.
Set up an area of 10x10yards. We are using seven players in this session. You will need balls and cones.
How to play
This is a continuous 1v1 game in which attackers have to dribble across the area and get past a defender. Start with no tackling, just jockeying (side to side movementsto force play) or positional movements to force the attacker out of the area. Add tackling to progress the session as it develops.
Winning the ball back in 1v1 situations protects your team from attackers bursting through on goal.This is obviously a desirable situation for your team and will set up counter attacking opportunities.