1v1 Soccer Moves
1v1 soccer moves push athletes to handle situations on their
own, forcing them to become proficient at strategy and prediction
of the opponent’s moves. With the moves provided here,
athletes can practice being both an offensive player and a
Pass and Defend
1v1 soccer moves help all athletes
become stronger, both offensively and defensively. In this
move, players are split into four groups, standing at each
of the four corners of a field, 15 feet wide and 15 feet long.
The first player from one group passes a ball to the first
player of the group diagonal to them.
The pass receiver becomes the offensive player
and the passer becomes the defensive player. The two play
1v1. The offensive goal is to push the ball back to the defender’s
corner. The defender’s goal is to prevent the ball from
reaching their corner and even to steal it in order to get
it to the other player’s corner.
The drill is considered over when the offensive
player succeeds or the defender gains control of the ball.
During this drill, coaches can focus on several things. Players
learn to work both offensively and defensively. Offensive
players must learn to be quick enough to get around defenders
without giving away their next move. Defenders must learn
to anticipate their opponent’s next move and have technically
correct footwork in order to foil their plan.
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Through the Legs Pass
Players are split into groups of two. One has
the ball as an offensive player and the other is a defender.
The offensive player’s goal is to fake the defender
into moving in a certain direction, allowing the offensive
player to quickly pass the ball through the defender’s
legs and dart around the defender to pick the ball back up.
To be successful at this move, the offensive
player must fake out the defender with head and body movements
that lead the defender into thinking that they are planning
to move in a certain direction. As soon as the defender believes
the offensive player, he or she will also move in that direction.
It is then the responsibility of the offensive player to switch
directions as quickly as possible and make a quick, tight
pass between the defender’s legs.
This pass must get the ball through the defender’s
legs and out of danger of the defender picking it up, but
it cannot be so far away that the offensive player cannot
regain control of the ball. Coaches should allow athletes
to practice the through the legs pass several times each,
giving players the experience of being both the defender and
the offensive player.
moves are some of the most difficult, but most useful,
moves a player can learn. By teaching athletes how to work
1v1, coaches prepare athletes for difficult situations in
competition and give them the skills necessary to out-think
and outperform an opponent.
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