Soccer Multiple 1v1s Training Drill

Multiple 1v1s

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling (1v1), Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • players play three 1v1s
  • players from one team start with the ball and play 1v1 with a player from opposing team
  • players score by stopping the ball dead on opponent’s end line
  • switch team that starts with ball after 4-5 minutes


  • vary number of 1v1s playing at one time (2,4, 5 etc.)
  • players who finished their 1v1 can stay on the field to support teammates
  • players pass the ball back and forth with opposing player 4-5 times before they start playing 1v1

Coaching Points:

  • change of speed & direction
  • creativity
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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