The best coaching games are usually the simplest, and “1v1 Wars” is both simple and one of the best.
Children from five to 15 love to play it!
Objective: To encourage a “be first” mentality and to take quick shots on goal.
Age group: U6s to U10s.
Number of players: Whole squad.
Set-up: Place a small goal at one end of a 20×10 yards playing area. Place a flat cone on the end line opposite each goal post.
Use a goalkeeper and divide your squad into two teams. Place each team next to a goal post. You stand to one side of the playing area with a supply of balls.
How to play:
On your command, the first player in each line runs around the cone in front of their post. As they run, you play a ball into the playing area midway between the cones and the goal. Both players try to be first to the ball and score in the goal.
Scoring: One point for a goal, one point if you can stop the player with the ball from scoring for 30 seconds.
If the ball goes out of play, players return to their teams.
The first team to 10 points wins the game.
Variation: Instead of one goal on the end line, put one small goal on both sidelines. No goalkeeper is used.