The Numbers Game

Chris Johnson 566,320 Views Rating 4.13 (293 Reviews)

The Numbers Game soccer drill focuses on the 1v1 situational play for younger players. This  1v1 drill works on all dynamics of this game such as dribbling, shooting, shielding, turning and beating an opponent.

Soccer Drill Diagram: The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game - 1v1 Competition

This 1v1 soccer drill focuses on 1v1 situations for younger players and works dribbling, shooting, shielding, turning and beating an opponent.
Drill Setup

  1. Create a small 1v1 field approximately 15X20 with two small goals on each end line.
  2. Split the group into two even teams and assign a number to each player in each team. For instance, if you have 5 players in each team, number off 1-5 in each team.
  3. One group wears an alternate jersey.
Drill Instructions

  1. The coach plays a ball into the area and calls out a number.
  2. Those players assigned to that number sprint onto the field and play a 1v1.
  3. The game continues until a team scores a goal or the ball goes out of bounds.
Drill Variations

  • Have more than one 1v1 going at the same time.
  • Call out two or more numbers to create a 2v2 or 3v3.
Drill Coaching Points

  • Encourage players to take on their opponent.
  • Encourage players to shoot when they have a chance of a goal.
  • Instruct the players to protect the ball when necessary.

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