1v1 Dribble Attack with Shot
The purpose of this 1v1 drill is to focus on dribbling to beat a defender and finishing with a shot. This drill can also be used to focus on defensive players defending the dribble.
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This 1v1 soccer drill focuses on dribbling to beat a defender and finishing with a shot and can also be used to focus on defensive players.
- Create a 15X15 yard grid about 18 yards from goal.
- Place a goalkeeper in the goal, and a defender inside the grid.
- The rest of the team should start at a cone placed about 15 yards from the grid.
- Each player in line should have their own ball.
- The first player in line dribbles into the grid, attempts to beat the defensive player, and dribble out the other end of the grid.
- If he successfully dribbles through the grid and out the other end the attacking player can finish with a shot on goal.
- If the ball is won by the defensive player or dribbled out either of the sides of the grid, the attacker quickly becomes the defender.
- The next player in line can go immediately after a shot on goal is taken or the defensive player has won the ball.
- Make the grid bigger to make it easier for the attackers and more difficult for the defenders.
- Make the grid smaller to make it more difficult for the attackers and easier for the defenders.
- Add a second defender and make the grid slightly larger.
- Move the grid farther from goal and encourage a longer shot.
Drill Coaching Points
Head up for awareness.
- Players should always be scanning the field while carrying the ball while glancing down at the ball through the bottom of your eyes.
- Players must be aware of opponents, teammates, and space.
Ability to hold the ball close.
- Players should be able to keep close control of the ball in order to quickly change directions, move the ball away from a defender.
- It is important for the dribbler to have a low center of gravity with knees bent and chest and head over the ball.
- This will help players start, stop, accelerate and change direction.
Change of pace and direction.
- The player should be able to cut and turn the ball quickly to avoid tackles or to exploit space.
Feints and moves.
- Players must be able to sell a move with body movements in order to throw the opponent off balance while moving the ball in an attacking position.
- Players must be willing to attempt to beat an opponent. The Player’s confidence is important around the penalty box.
- Creativity is the ability for players to solve different situations with the correct move or combination of moves.
- This is best taught in a 1v1 game which relies a lot on the individual player’s skill to beat his opponent.
- A player’s creativity is often increased with more confidence with the ball.
- Disc Cones - Mini or Full-Size Disc Cones are a critical piece of equipment that every soccer coach must have in your equipment bag.
- Scrimmage Pinnies/Vests - Scrimmage vests, also called bibs or pinnies, are also another must-have in your soccer coaching equipment bag.
- Soccer Practice or Training Balls - Every player should have a soccer balls at practice to have a successful training session.
- Full Size Goal - Full Size Goal
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