Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

1 v 1

Field Position:

Offense, Defense

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




This drill is excellent for teaching players 1 v 1 tactics and skills on both offense and defense.  The objective is to either beat your player to the whole for a shot, or to defend in proper form and cause a turn over or a low angle shot.

Description of Drill-Execution

Set up 4 cones around the attack box, one at X (Behind the cage) and one at the top or Point.  Then have 2 other cones out wide.  Have a line of both offense and defense at each cone.  The offensive player will be going 1 on 1 with the defender.

The coach starts each 1 on 1 by throwing the ball to the offensive player at each line, you may also roll the ball to start with a ground ball.  The player will gather the ball and go to goal, taking the defender 1 on 1.  The coach should give each 1 on 1 4 -5 second to develop into a shot or take away, after that a double whistle should blow and end the 1 on1.

After each 1 on 1, the coach will throw to another line and start that line.  Have the players on offense rotate clockwise and the defense rotate counterclockwise, so that you get a different mix of players going 1 on 1 each time.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Dodging
  2. Cradling
  3. Defense Positioning
  4. 1v1

Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)

Vary the locations where the 1 on 1 will start.  You may also have the goalie clear out each save, or even clear each goal to a breaking defender.  This can work on a re-break situation.