1 on 1 (1v1) Soccer Progression

This one-on-one (1v1)progression will focus on required dribbling skills, body feints, and the required burst of speed to beat a defender.

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1-on-1 1v1 Soccer Drills


  1. Create a 15X25 yard grid.
  2. The end-lines will serve as goals to begin.
  3. Have the attacker start at their end-line with the defender directly in front of the ball and attacker.


  1. Instruct the defender to not move until after the attacker has touched the ball.
  2. The attacker should use body feints to off-balance the defender, then push the ball past the standing defender with a burst of speed.
  3. The defender should attempt not to let the attacker reach the other end-line.
  4. Award a point each time the attacker reaches the end-line.
  5. After each attempt to beat the defender the attacker and defender should change roles, so each player gets a chance to even the score.

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  • In the same 15X25 grid, remove the defender's restrictions and continue to play 1v1 to the end-line.
  • Add a small Pugg goal at each end-line and have the players play to the small target. If you don't have a Pugg goal, create a goal with cones, flags or training sticks.


Coaching Points

  • Use body feints to off-balance the defender.
  • A quick burst of speed to quickly beat the defender.
  • Attempt to exploit the space behind the defender.

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls
  • Pugg Goal or Mini Soccer Goal

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: 1 on 1 (1v1) Soccer Progression
Tagged: 1-on-1 1v1 Soccer Drills
Published by: Chris Johnson
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