Soccer 1v1 Face Off Training Drill

1v1 Face Off

This soccer skills dribbling drill will focus on encouraging players to dribble, take players on, shielding and vision to find the open space.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 4 groups
  • grid (30yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • game starts with a pass from a player to another player on the opposite line
  • players try to dribble across opposite end line
  • play continues until one player dribbles over end line
  • rotate groups that start with the ball


  • players dribble the ball onto the field
  • winner stays on to defend the next player coming from the end line he tried to score on (ball is dribbled onto the field)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


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


  • closing down
  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning
  • timing and decision to tackle

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