1 v 1 Defending/Pressing | Skill (25)

The simplest of practices for defending and/or dribbling technique. Here we start in a 15 x 15 yard area, with 1 player passing to a player at the opposite end and objective is to dribble past defender over end line. Coach can work on individual attacking and defensive technique or combine both with each intervention.

Player Focus

Defensive technique - Dribbling - Reading player - Feints - Speed of Movement

P1: Cone Targets

Add 2 areas in each corner of opposite end, to focus attacker on being direct, eases defending slightly.

P2: Targets both ends

Defender also has target to attack on winning possession, work speed of transition attacking and defending



P3: Floater Combination

Add a floater either side, whereby attacker must combine in front or behind to attack coned area, defender will drop


Touchtight's Soccer Tips

For younger age groups such as our 5-8 range, we must add elements of fun to this practice. We can add scores and make it a competition with first to 5 before rotating. We could also have different grids of 1 v 1, where players move up and down depending on challenges achieved; titled Champions League, Premier League etc. whilst maintaining development of technique.
S - SPACE:  Could play in a smaller area to make it more difficult to attack or vice versa to test defenders. Different shape with a funnel testing 1 player more than the other.
T - TIME: Players must get over the line in 6 seconds or regain in this time, otherwise possession transferred
E - EQUIPMENT: As with the addition of cones, could split zone into 4 with a flat disc centrally and work different areas
P - PLAYERS: 1 v 1 is 1 v 1 so do what you will, we've pushed it here adding floaters!