This 1v1 practice is designed to provide players with a chance to work on 1v1 attacking and defending from a variety of angles. The narrow nature of the pitches means that going forward is encouraged and of course, the designs you see here could be adapted for 2v2 scenarios as well.
About the Video
In the video below, Dave will talk you through the structure of the practice, various outcomes and how you can adapt it for your players.
The structure of this practice lends itself to a number of outcomes, including:
- 1v1 attack/defence
- Retention of the ball under pressure
- Running with the ball (RWTB)
- Counter attack
- Physical conditioning
- Emergency defending
Key elements to observe and encourage are:
- Decision making in and out of possession
- Ability to see and exploit space
- Desire to defend, persistence, resilience and emotional outcomes
- Creativity and risk taking on the ball
- Accurate finishing
No. of Players: 4-12
Practice Type: Skill practice
Pitch Size: 30 x 20
Timing: 12-20 mins
Age Group: 6+
Interpreting the Diagrams
The key below outlines what the images mean on the diagrams.
If you have questions about the practices, contact the PDP Team or share your views on the Player Development Project Slack Community.
Key For Diagrams
This practice is designed to provide players with opportunities to practice a variety of 1v1 scenarios from the front, side and behind. The structure of four goals/gates on two narrow pitches side by side allows a higher level of repetition.
Set up a rectangular area with a line splitting the pitch vertically. Using cones or goals, set up four goals. If you have cones, players must dribble through. If you have goals, you can adapt to scoring from anywhere, or creating scoring zones. One player serves the ball in and becomes the defender. The opponent attacks and tries to score. If the defender wins it they can attack. You can create time limits for players to score or the game to end, or play until the ball goes off or a goal is scored. The coach can decide if players rotate stations for variety of opponent and different angles, or stay on their pitch. Avoid players standing in queues. If possible, ensure no more than a 1:3 work to rest ratio, meaning players work once and rest three sets (while others have their turn). Rest is important in any 1v1 session as it can be very physically demanding.
Observations & Interventions
What you might see
- Players getting up to the ball slowly
- Players giving up when they lose the ball
Actions you might take
- Add a line in that players must run over after they serve the ball in
- Reward players with double goals if they counter press and score
Adaptations: Is the session too easy?
- Make the space bigger (for more physical returns)
- Make the space smaller (for more technical returns)
- Match players with a partner who is physically/technically similar
Is the session too hard?
- Adapt the space
- Match players with a partner who is more appropriately matched
- Adapt to 2v1s