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Pre-season: winning the 1v1s

DCWin the 1v1s and your team is well on its way to winning the game.

If your player has the ball or is trying to win it in a 1v1, he needs to analyse the situation and opponent. It is vital to make quick decisions and use movement, skill and a change of pace to win the 1v1s.

This competitive game replicates the 1v1 situations you would get in matches. It requires both physical and mental skills to get a higher score than your opponent.

Go for broke or bank easy points?
Decision making is an important part of any young soccer player’s make-up. Every time they play a match, whether it’s for a team or for fun in the playground, there is a decision to be made when they get the ball.

Often they are faced with situations where there is an easy route where their team keeps the ball – a simple pass or sideways movement into space to slowly build up play – or a more difficult route with more to gain – attempting to dribble past a defender for example.

By playing this game you can help your players to see the results of their decisions. Because they keep the ball when points are scored they could quickly build up points by going to one of the easy cones. Or, if they find they are a lot of points down with only a few minutes left, they must go for the harder cone to quickly score points.

All your players – defenders, midfielders, attackers – should take part in this game. It can be used for any age group.

How to play it

  • Tell your attackers to keep the ball moving.

  • They need to use moves and turns like stepovers, dragbacks and dummies to lose the defender.

  • Tell them to take every opportunity to score points.

  • The way to do it is to keep the ball close to their body.
    When a player scores a point they return to the starting cone and try to score another point. They keep possession of the ball until it goes out of play or they lose the ball to the defender.

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