1 on 1 - During Play

  • Organisation


    • 4 Training Poles
    • Jerseys in 2 different colors
    • 1 Ball for each player
    • Divide players into 2 teams of 2-6
    • Set up a pitch that is 15 meters long and X meters wide, where X = number of players x 2,5
  • Process

    The players of Team 1, each with their own ball, are positioned on the top line of the pitch. Team 2 starts on the bottom line without a ball, so that every player has only one corresponding opponent. Upon the coach’s whistle, Team 1 starts dribbling down the pitch, resulting in 2-6 separate 1 on 1 situations. Players should focus on their own matchup and not interfere with others. The aim of the exercise is to dribble the ball across the pitch and over the opponent’s line. It is over once all the balls have left the area of play, or if 45 seconds have passed. Each ball that has successfully crossed the opponent’s line is worth one point. Attacking and defending teams alternate, and the team with the most points wins.

  • Tip

    • Gather velocity
    • Monitor your opponent’s reactions
    • Be aware of other 1 on 1 tackles taking place – they might give you an advantage
    • Abruptly start a sprint, change direction, or use a feint to overcome the opposing player
    • After winning the tackle, cross the opponent’s pathway with pace and quickly search for a finish. That way, you deny them a second chance of a confrontation


Training Set:

Progression, Main point




15 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [4 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players, 8 players]

> 10 players [10 players, 12 players]

Form of Training:

Group training, Team training

Skill Level:


Author: e2c Training

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