Tight space Defending - 1v1

  • Organisation

    • 4 cones in the middle (diamond shape)

    • 4 training poles on the outside (diamond shape)

  • Process

    The attacking players dribble towards the defenders, who are located at the cones in the middle.

    They will play a small-sided 1v1 sequence.

    While the attacking player tries to pass the defender, the defender focuses on his positioning and should force the attacking player wide.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Attacking player should try multiple feints, body movements, and tricks to pass the defender

    • Defenders should hold and search for physical contact to force the opponent wide

Training Set



10 min


U13, U12, U11, U10, U09, U08, U14 - U19




Man-marking towards the ball, One on one

General Training Goals


Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

4 players, 6 players, 8 players, 10 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Advanced, Beginner

Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


Alone training, Defensive behaviors, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Free space, Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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