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Integrated physical conditioning: duel 1 vs 1 with 4 bouncers

Integrated physical conditioning: duel 1 vs 1 with 4 bouncers

 
Goal
Equipment
  • 4 cones
  • Sufficient balls for continuity
  • 3 vests (3 red)
Preparation
  • Playing area: 10x10 meters 
  • Players: 6 
  • Duration: 12 minutes
  • Series: 3 series of 3 minutes interspersed with 1 minute of active recovery (juggling in pairs)
Summary Secondary Objectives
An intensive exercise for physical conditioning integrating technique and speed.
Aerobic power, Feints and tricks, Pass, Support, Positioning, Tackling, Pass back, Pressure
Organization
Form a 10 meters side length square using the 4 cones. Inside the square stay a "red" player and a "white" one. One player stays near each side of the square to perform flank-play, (two "reds" and two "whites") as shown in the figure.
Description
  • The exercise starts when the coach throw the ball into the square
  • The player who wins the ball, starts a duel 1 vs 1 with his opposition
  • The player who carries the ball, can make use of the bouncers with the same color vest
  • The players who are bouncers can move along their own side only

 

Rules
  • The duel lasts maximum 60 seconds
  • After 60 seconds, one "red" and one "white" player replace the two player who have finished the 1 vs 1 duel 
  • This rule about rotating positions, lasts for the entire duration of the three series
  • The players who are the bouncers, have a maximum of 2 touches 
Variations
  1. During the 1 vs 1, the players have a maximum of 3 touches and they're forced to pass to the bouncers
  2. The players who are the bouncers, have a maximum of 1 touche
  3. Enlarge or reduce the field sizes, according to the age and technical level of your team
  4. Reduce the number of ball touches to increase the intensity of the practise
Coaching Points
  • Encourage the duelling players to maintain an intense rhythm during the 60 seconds
  • Pay attention to the players who are bouncers, that have to do the correct movements to create the lines for the pass
  • Stimulate the player in thinking before receiving the ball; in modern soccer think ahead each play, it can change the game
  • Stimulate the intensity in pressing: always attacking the ball!

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