One v One’s With a Twist

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on 1 v 1 play with an emphasis on the first touch.

Start with a 20 x 10 grid with an attacking player on one end line and a defender on the end line. A server, with balls, is in the corner near the defender.

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The server starts by playing a ball, on the ground, to the Continue reading

1v1 Penetration Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on 1 v 1 penetration

Start with a 30 x 30 grid with two teams of threes. There is a player from each team in diagonal corners and a 1 v 1 in the middle. There is one ball

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In this example the yellow team starts on offense. The player in the corner with the ball starts by Continue reading

1v1 Drills To Improve Shooting Chances

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on 1 v 1 to get a shot hit.

Start with a keeper in goal, a defender on the top of the 18, an attacker on the top of the D and a server, with balls, just outside the D.

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The server starts by playing the ball to the feet of Continue reading

Taking Players On 1v1

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on the first touch and taking a player on 1 v 1.

Start with an attacking player 30 yards from goal between two cones..  A defender is 5 yards back.  A server starts with balls, from 20 yards away.  There is a keeper in goal.

 

The server plays a ball to the attacking players feet (the ball should be hit with pace).  The defender is Continue reading

1v1 Attacking and Defending Around the Box

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on 1 v 1 attacking and defending around the 18.

Most of the time, when we work on 1 v 1 play, it’s with the attacker facing the defender.  However, frequently in games, the attacking player receives the ball with his back to the goal and must create space and turn in order to get the shot.  While the attacking player is trying to create space and turn, the defending player is trying to prevent the turn and force the attacker away from the goal.

This is the type of training you would do with small groups because otherwise, there is too much standing around.

Start with a keeper in goal, a line of attackers (in black) at the corner of the 6 and end line and a line of defenders (in yellow) just a step wider than the attackers and 2 yards back.  There is a server with some balls wider than the defenders.

The server plays the ball  toward the top of the 18 and the first Continue reading