Transition Game: From 1v1 to 2v1

  • Organisation

    • 2 mini-goals

    • 4 cones

  • Process

    Player 1 starts the drill by passing the ball to player 2.

    Player 2, the attacking player in this scenario, takes his touch forward and tries to beat player 1 (defender) in a 1v1 situation and score.

    If player 1 wins the ball, he can also score into the mini-goal.

    If a player scores, his opponent will be joined by a second player to play a 2v1 attacking sequence.

    If the two players manage to score, the first of the two players leaves the field and the opposition is joined by a second player.

    Therefore, the 2v1 situations shift quickly according to the goals scored.

    If the ball goes out of bounds, the drill starts off with a 1v1 situation again.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Use the additional player in a 2v1 situation for quick passes or combinations; finish on goal quickly

    • Defenders: Be ready to switch from a more physical man-orientated 1v1 to a 2v1 situation (blocking passes) fast

Training Set

End, Main point


20 min


U13, U12, U11, U10, U14 - U19, U23+


Ball control, Dribbling


One on one, Quick transitioning (defense to offense), Quick transitioning (offense to defense), Man down/Man up


Quick decisioning, Quick processing


Soccer-specific endurance

General Training Goals


Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

4 players

Form of Training

Group training, Team 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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