1v1 Battles

Improve tackling, dribbling and shielding skills

The Game

Play one v one, trying to score through a ‘two-sided’ goal. There is no out-of-bounds. The player in possession of the ball is the attacker, the other player, the defender. Play games of one minute in duration.

1v1Coaching Points

Defenders: steer attacker away from the goal, tackle when ball is exposed, get goal side when possession is lost.

Attackers: try to face the defender whenever possible change speed, change direction; shield the ball when trying to maintain possession.

1 v 1 attackers back to goal

The Game

Server passes the football so that it stays in the grid.

Attacker is the only one able to play the ball initially.

Attacker attempts to turn with the ball and:

a. Dribble under control over the end line for 1 point.

b. Pass the ball through the goal for 3 points.

The player defending attempts to: a. Win the ball and dribble over the opposite line for 1 point. If the ball goes out of the grid, no points for either player.

Alternate roles.

Coaching Points


Do not allow the attacker to turn. Play him honestly. Do not let him know where you are by ‘leaning’ on him. He will use this over-commitment to turn you.

Tackle when the attacker turns, and only when certain of winning the ball.

If attacker turns, play them honestly, but deny pass into the goal. However, do not overplay this option too extremely as this will allow the attacker to dribble right by.


Make a self-pass in order to escape pressure. Turn and face the defender as soon as possible.

When facing defender, take him on with speed. Use short, controlled steps.

Use quick changes of pace and direction.