Soccer 1v1 Battle Training Drill

1v1 Battle

The purpose of 1v1 soccer games is to focus on dribbling to beat a defender and finishing with a shot.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: dribbling, passing

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • 3-4 players max on each team
  • grid (15 x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • the coach plays in the game ball
  • the first player from each team enters the grid chases after the ball and plays a 1v1 versus his opponent
  • the first player to pass to coach is awarded a point for his team
  • next game starts if the ball goes out of bounce or a pass is completed to coach
  • the coach must be able to control the ball for it to count
  • the team with most points wins


  • set a time limit for each game (i.e. 30 seconds)
  • the player with the ball must beat his opponent before he can pass to coach
  • the player must play a lofted pass to coach
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control
  • soft touch


  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • disguise
  • Defending:
  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • deny turn

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