1v1 1st Attacker Dribbling Without Opposition

This 1v1 dribbling exercise allows coaches to focus on the 1st attacker's ability to beat the defender on the dribble. In this soccer drill, the coach should focus on the attacker's approach, make sure the attacker has a change in direction, and finish with a burst of speed (change of pace). This drill helps beginners get a feel for moving around defenders. 

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1v1 1st Attacker Dribbling Without Opposition Dribbling Drill


  1. Have the team pair up with the partners facing each other about 7-10 yards apart.


  1. Have the defenders start the exercise by playing a ball to the attacker's feet.
  2. The defender then takes a step towards the approaching attacker, but not to defend.
  3. The attacker should get control of the ball, move towards the defender, make a "fake," change the direction of the ball and change their pace to leave the defender quickly.
  4. It is essential to make sure the defender is passive and not attempts to steal the ball at this stage in development.

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  • Let the defender apply a little pressure on the attacker by stepping in front of the attacker as they make a change of direction.

Coaching Points

  • Good controlling touch
  • Quality approach with the right amount of speed and control
  • Make sure attacker dribbles directly at the defender
  • Have the player "fake" by stepping over the ball, having a hard step, stutter-step, dragging a foot or toe, dipping their shoulders, faking a kick or using their eyes to look in a direction opposite of where they are going.
  • Good change of direction once a fake is made to move away from the defender
  • Good change of pace to leave the defender once they have them off-balanced from the fake and change of direction.

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls

Drill Target Ages

  • U4, U-4, Under 4, 4 and Under
  • U5, U-5, Under 5, 5 and Under
  • U6, U-6, Under 6, 6 and Under
  • U7, U-7, Under 7, 7 and Under
  • U8, U-8, Under 8, 8 and Under
  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under

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Soccer Drill Titled: 1v1 1st Attacker Dribbling Without Opposition
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Published by: Chris Johnson
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