Soccer 1 vs 1 Exercises

Are you looking for some quality soccer exercises to improve your team’s “1 vs 1” abilities? Then this page is just the thing for you. With these four training examples you can immediately head off to the soccer training field. Click on one of the “1 vs 1” & Tackling exercises to get to the description. If that is not enough for you, then register on planet.training and start finding thousands of exercises in our database.

1 vs 2 – Attack and Counter

QÜ18

Set up

Set up two goals with poles (Width 3m) opposite of the big goal.  Two defending zones (Size: 20m x 5m) are set up with each four cones. The distance between the zones is 5 meter. Determine two defenders and a goalkeeper, the other players line up behind a cone that is set up between the two pole goals. Each player at the cone should get a ball.

Execution

The coach signals the first player at the cone to start dribbling towards the two defenders waiting in their zone. The attacking player needs to dribble past both defenders, which are not allowed to leave their individual zones. If the offensive player gets passed both defenders, he tries to score the goal against the goalkeeper. In case one of the defenders is able to intercept the Ball, both defensive players will run a counter attack in a “2 on 1” against the previously attacking player. The counter attack should not last longer than 15 seconds.

Make attacking players count their points: Winning “1 vs 1”: 2 points per zone – Scoring a goal: 1 point – Losing ball to defender: -1point – Defenders scoring goal on you: -3 points. Which player is the first to get 20 total points?

How bad do you want to win?

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1 vs 1 – On pole goal

Set up

For this exercise you need to set up two pole goals (Width 10m) on a 20m x 15m field. Divide the group into groups of two (1 versus 1) – a maximum of 5 groups per field is advised. One player of each group will be assigned to the first team (Orange) and the other player to the second team (Blue). Each pair of players needs a ball.

Execution

Each pair is playig an open field “1 on 1”. The oppsoing goal can be attacked over the entire width – the ball has to be dribbled across the goal line. However there is a time limit of 20 seconds to a single attack. After scoring a goal, losing the ball or expiration of the time, the attack is over. The defensive players will turn into offensive, as soon as all 5 attacking players are done. Several pairs can play at the same time, which will improve players orientation on the pitch.

Playing Time: Start a team competition! – Which team is leading after 5 rounds, orange or blue?

QÜ13
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Are you ready for your opponent?

1 vs 1 – On three goals

QÜ12

Set up

For this exercise you need to set up two sets of three pole goals (Width 4m) on a 20m x 20m field. Divide the group into groups of two (1 versus 1) – a maximum of 5 groups per field is advised. One player of each group will be assigned to the first team (Orange) and the other player to the second team (White). Each pair of players needs a ball.

Execution

Each pair is playig an open field “1 on 1”. All three opposing goals can be attacked – the ball has to be dribbled across the goal line. However there is a time limit of 20 seconds to a single attack. After scoring a goal or losing the ball the defensive players will turn into offensive and can attack the opposing goals. All pairs can play at the same time, which will improve players orientation on the pitch.

Playing time: 2 minutes per round, then change opponents. Who wins the most 1 on 1’s?

Only the strongest will succeed…

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1 vs 1 series – On pole goal

Set up

For this exercise you need one pole goal (Width 3m) and three stations marked with each one cone (S1, S2, S3). The stations are 10m away from the pole goal. One set up is good for 5 or more players. If you have less players in a group, you will only have 2 instead of 3 stations. Two players will line up at S1 and one player will line up at S2 and S3. Another player will be determined to be the defensive player to defend the pole goal.

Execution

Objective of this exercise is a fast series of “1 on 1’s” for the defender. The exercise will start with the first player from S1 dribbling towards the waiting defender and trying to dribble through the pole goal. As soon as the S1 player succesfully did that, it’s the turn of S2 player. If the defender is able to get the ball from the attacking player, the player’s try is over and S2-player will start dribbling. Substitute the defender after 2 mins.

Starting order: S1-S2-S1-S3-S1-S2-S1-S3 et cetera. – The attacking player will line up at the station of the following offensive player.

QÜ10