This practice is designed to provide players with high repetition of 1v1 and even 1v2 dribbling and scoring scenarios. The practice can easily be adapted for a 2v2 and is a great way to engage your players, encourage bravery and confidence, as well as help them work on opposed finishing.
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.
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No. of Players: 6 – 18
Practice Type: Skill Practice
Pitch Size: 30 x 20
Timing: 20 mins
Age Group: U7+
Interpreting the Diagrams
The key below outlines what the images mean on the diagrams.
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Key For Diagrams
To provide players with 1v1 dribbling opportunities in a fully opposed or overloaded situation.
Set up a pitch with two narrow lanes (8-12 yards wide). Adjust for age, physical capability. Each lane has two defending boxes and a scoring zone. The attacker (blue) must dribble past the first and second defender (red) in order to enter the scoring zone and shoot. The defenders are locked in their box. Once they are beaten, they cannot recover. If defenders win the ball, they can shoot at the mini goal. Attackers cycle through stations and repeat. Defenders work for 90 secs – 2 mins before being swapped so they can attack. If you have low numbers, adapt to one lane, if you have GKs use one big goal for them, and a small goal for the defenders.
Observations & Interventions
What you might see
- Players attacking slowly
- Players shooting before the scoring zone
Actions you might take
- Restrict players to “X seconds” to score so they attack quickly
- No goals awarded if scored outside scoring zone
- If you have GKs, you can choose to remove the scoring zone.
Is the session too easy?
- Make the space smaller
- Allow defenders to recover
Is the session too hard?
- Make the space bigger
- Add a bounce player to create 2v1s
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