Defending | 1v1

  • Organisation

    • 4 cones

    • 4 poles

    • 2 mini-goals

  • Process

    The coach passes the ball to the player standing on the opposite side of the field.

    He controls the ball and starts his dribbling.

    The opposing player comes into the field and acts as a defender.

    The striker will try to score into the mini-goal.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Defender: Position yourself between opponent and your own goal

    • Don't immediately rush into a tackle, hold and look at the ball

    • Use your body to shield off the ball

Training Set

Main point


15 min


U14 - U19


Shot technique/shooting, Ball control


One on one

Training Organization

Number of Players

2 players, 4 players, 6 players, 8 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


Defensive behaviors, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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