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1v1 in Attack

Contributed by WORLD CLASS COACHING - https://www.worldclasscoaching.com

By Philip Cauchi


Moment of the game: In possession.

Theme: 1v1 in attack.

Age category: Under 9 to under 12.

Number of players: 16.

Aim: To dribble past the opponent in a 1v1 situation.

Key performance outcomes:

Direction oriented first touch.

Quick footwork with the ball.

Feint to disguise and unbalance the opponent.

Quick change of pace with the ball.

Decision-making when to dribble or pass the ball.


Equipment:

Markers x 10.

Balls x 10.

Bibs x 7.

Mini goals x 2.


Duration: 75 minutes.

Session structure:

Activation: 15 minutes.

Rapidity: 10 minutes.

Game: 15 minutes.

Practice: 15 minutes.

Game: 15 minutes.

Cool down: 5 minutes.


Description: The session is short but intensive with a high number of 1v1 duels. Although we are coaching direct 1v1 in attack we also have a small group practice situation where players must make decisions to either confront their opponent or pass or shoot at goal. Players must be allowed to experiment on applying various feints and tricks to dribble the ball past the defender. In this session we also make use of games without any restrictions but which are small in numbers. The main reason being that we want the 1v1 direct duels to occur frequently within a global situation. Therefore, we integrate individual offensive tactical decisions within a game realistic collective effort. It is through such experiences where players learn to make quick decisions and execute soccer actions quickly. The session ends with light ball work where every player has a ball.




Activation: Keep possession or relief the ball.

Aim: To switch on the neuro-muscular system and recognize the moment when to hold on to the ball and when to pass.

Organization: In an area measuring 25 yards by 25 yards we have three outside attackers without the ball on each side, six attackers (dribblers) inside the area with a ball each, and four defenders.

Description: Dribblers aim to keep the ball by dribbling or pass the ball to change places with an outside attacker. If the attacker with the ball loses possession, she switches roles with the defender.

Duration: 15 minutes – five series of two minutes each interspersed with one-minute dynamic flexibility and mobility exercises.

Targeted key performance outcomes:

Feint to disguise and unbalance the opponent.

Quick change of pace with the ball.

Decision-making when to dribble or pass the ball.






Rapidity: 1v1 through the gate.

Aim: To develop an offensive attitude to beat the direct opponent through selling fakes and feints and explode in the space created.

Organization: In an area measuring 15 yards by 10 yards we have two groups of players, one group is the attacking group while the other is the defending group. They are positioned 15 yards in front and away from each other. On the same horizontal line, we have two target gates positioned 10 yards apart.

Description: Attackers sprint forward and aim to get through either of the two gates without being tagged. Players rotate roles after each repetition.

Duration: 10 minutes – eight repetitions with at least forty seconds recovery between them.

Targeted key performance outcomes:

Feint to disguise and unbalance the opponent.

Quick change of pace with/out the ball.


Progression:

The attacker aims to dribble through either gate with a ball while the defender aims to win the ball.