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1 vs 1: choose the small goal

1 vs 1: choose the small goal

  • sufficient markers to outline the field
  • sufficient balls to ensure continuity
  • 2 cones
  • 5 vests
  • 2 small goals (or 4 poles)
  • 2 poles
  • Playing area: 20x15 meters
  • Giocatori: 10
  • Duration: 16 minutes
  • Series: 4 series of 3 minutes interspersed with 1 minute of passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Situational exercise to train 1 vs 1 and shooting at small goals
Dribbling, Dribbling at speed, Feints and tricks, Finishing, Positioning, Tackling

Form a 20x15 meters rectangle using the markers. Place two small goals on the short sides. Form two small 4x5 meters penalty areas near the small goals using the markers. Create a 4 meters goal and place it centrally about 4 meters distant from the long sides. Divide players into 2 teams of 5 players using the vest. The defenders (red) stay in line with a ball for each player on the middle of the long side where there isn't the small goal. The strikers  stay in line on the middle of the opposite side.   

  1. Player A passes the ball close to the ground across the small goal to player B
  2. Player B controls the ball and moves carrying it to the small goal in front of him
  3. Player B after after passing the poles decides wich small goal to attack while player A moves to defend the attacked goal. 1 vs 1 situation



  • After each series swap the teams roles.

  • Player B can score into the small goal only from inside the outlined area
  • If defender A recovers the ball, can score into the opposite small goal (B becomes defender) always forced to shoot from inside the area
  • 1 point for each goal
  • The most points team wins
Coaching Points


  • Maintain an attacking attitude during the 1 vs 1, carry the ball quickly keeping it always under control
  • Identify the opponents weaker point 


  • Be always ready to take place between the opponent, the ball ant the centre of the goal, marking closely as the zone becomes dangerous
  • Try to bring the opponent toward the external zones less dangerous, identifying the weaker point and conditioning the movements

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