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 critical scoring area for a shot, or to defend in proper form and force the shooting player out of the critical scoring area, to a low percentage shot.

Description of Drill-Execution

Set up 4 cones around the 12 meter, one at X (Behind the cage) and one at the top or Point.  Then have 2 other cones out wide.  Have a line of offense at each of the cones above goal line extended, and have one line of defensive players behind the cage at X.  Also set up 4 cones on the field, that displays the “Critical Scoring Area” on the field.  This area is 5 yards away from the crease on goal line extended, and then an additional 5-10 yards up field, forming a box known as the “Critical Scoring Area”.

The coach starts each 1 on 1 by throwing the ball to the offensive player at a line; you may also roll the ball to start with a ground ball.  As the ball is in mid air the defensive player releases from the line behind the cage and rushes up field into the critical scoring area. The player on offense will gather the ball and go to goal, taking the defender 1 on 1.  When in the critical scoring area the player on offense may shoot if free to do so. The defender should be in the critical scoring area and should try to meet the attacking player and keep them outside of the area, or guide them to a low percentage shot at the corners of the marked area. 

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 on 1.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Dodging
  2. Defensive Positioning
  3. 1 on 1
  4. Forcing

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.