1 V 1 - Channelling

category: Defending-Skills

Split your group into two teams - defenders and attackers.

Players with the ball have to run around the cone and try and score. Players with...

1 V 2 Break Defense

category: Defending-Skills

Players work in pairs in this drill - attacking and defending pair.

The player who starts with the ball has to dribble around the cone and ...

1 Vs 1 Practice

category: Eliminating-a-Player

Split the players up into two groups for a relay type exercise which starts with one player from group 1 running with a ball to the goal on the hal...

1-1-3-3-3 Formation

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

This set-up will see your team playing with a sweeper behind the back 3. The advantage of this system is that there is always a covering player to ...


category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

This system is more attacking then the sweeper behind system (1-1-3-3-3).

The advantage of this set-up is that you have a free player behind...

1-3-4-3 Diamond Shape Midfield

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

4 man midfield with the centre half pushing up higher up the pitch, supporting the front 3 and the midfield.

When to use:

1/2 Court Press

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

The 1/2 court press is again a team effort and relies on all players joining in and being disciplined.

The 1/2 court press is a bit like spa...

1V1 On Both Sides

category: Eliminating-a-Player

The attacker tries to keep the ball on their strong side. The attacker becomes the new defender and the new defender gets the ball and rotates to...

1V1 With Restriction Line

category: Eliminating-a-Player

Players with the ball try and cross the 23m line between the cones
the defender is only allowe to defend infront of the line and try and scor...

2 V 1 (Left To Right)

category: Eliminating-a-Player

previous coaching points for ball carrying apply as in 1 v 1 player with the ball makes a positive run on an angle to eliminate the defender as in 1 ...

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Community Drills

1v2 Box tackling

*Mini-goals needed for this drill"In this exercise the attacker (blue) must dribble to the goal and score. The defenders (red) must work together...

3 Box Defender Movement

attacker and defender start with 1v1 in first box. Attacker can pass to other boxes with attacker in it after they have had a few 1v1 with defender. T...

U15 - trial 1 - 3 versus 2

* see picture. * 1 defender starts on dotted line, one on cirle line* if defenders score in A= change of role. Excercise* coach rolls ball t...

1v1s : Individual attack and defence

Continuous 1v1 Ladder6 defenders to start: 1 in each red gateAttackers split 1/2 and 1/2 at each starts point (Green gate)Attackers enter ladder to de...