2 vs. 2 Defending the Shot

2 vs. 2 Defending the Shot

Setup:

  • On same 36x20 field, split team into four lines. All balls are with one line.
  • Game starts with pass to either attacking line. Play 2v2, with attackers trying to score on big goal, while defenders score on little goal if they win ball. Defenders can use the GK to keep possession if they win the ball.
  • Once ball is out, players return to their own line and new ball is played in.
  • Play for 2-3 minutes, and keep score. Switch sides and play again continuing from same score as before.

Coaching Points:

    1 vs 1 With Goalkeepers

    1 vs 1 with Goalkeepers Soccer Activity

    Setup:

    • Make a field 30x20 yds
    • Two full size goals, each with a goalkeeper
    • Two lines, one on each endline with balls split between them
    • Play starts with the 1st player dribbling out and playing 1v1 against opposing player If shot goes over endline, both players leave field and the first person in the line it went out on dribbles their ball in to play 1v1 against the first person in the other line If goal is scored, the goal scorer stays on the field, and first person of the competing line dribbles out to play 1v1

    1 vs 1 Attacking Space

    1 vs 1 Attacking Space Soccer Activity

    Setup:

    • Make several 16x10yd grids.
    • Two lines, one on each endline.
    • Max of 3-4 players per line.
    • Two players play 1v1 in center.
    •  Game is directional.
    • A goal is scored by dribbling over opposing endline.
    • Once goal is scored, the player first in line on that side dribbles in and plays 1v1 against the first person in the other line.
    • Players return to their own lines.
    • If ball goes out of bounds, restart in a dribble in.
    • Keep score

    Coaching Points:

      1 vs 1 Keeping Possession

      1 vs 1 Keeping Possession Soccer Activity

      Setup:


      • Make several 10x10yd grids.
      • Play 1v1 in the center, while next pair is on outside of grid.
      • Play until whenever the coach says ‘stop!’
      • The player with the ball at that point wins (change the duration of the game every time).
      • Players in the center try and hold possession by shielding 
      • If ball goes out of bounds, a new ball is played in by the pair outside to whoever’s ball it is
      • After game is over, next two go 


      Coaching Points:

      • Little touches in tight spaces

      1 vs 1 to 4 Goal & 4 Gates Game

      1v1 to 4 Goal & 4 Gates Soccer Game

      Setup:

      • Make a 15x15 yd field as shown.
      • When coach passes a ball onto field, players run around cone to their left.
      • Players play 1v1 to any of the four goals, but must first dribble through the gate in front of that goal before they can shoot.
      • Progress to 1pt for a goal scored, and 1pt for using a move to beat an opponent. 

      Coaching Points:

      • Constant reinforcement of 1v1 moves when trying to get behind a defender.

      2 vs. 2 Tournament

      2 vs. 2 Soccer Tournament

      Setup:

      • Make four fields at 20x10 yards. Place 2 yd goals on each endline.
      • Players play 2v2 on each field.
      • If goal go out at sideline, throw-in or kick-in to get ball back in play (coach choice).
      • Games are four minutes long.
      • After each game, the winning team gets promoted up a field, while the losing team get relegated down a field. The team that wins on the highest field stays, as well as the team that loses on the bottom field.
      • Play as many games as you wish (4-5 is usually good).

      4 vs. 4 to 4 Goals

      Setup: s 2 goals.

      No GK, Score inside the zone worth 2, outside, worth one. Center Back cannot leave the zone.

      Coaching Points:

      • Accuracy and pace of pass. Is the pass played in a way that helps the receiver control the ball and get out of pressure?

      • Encourage the use of the inside of the foot while passing to the next grid (Toe up, heel down).

      3 vs. 1 Rondo

      3 vs. 1 Rondo Soccer Activity

      Setup:

      • Create several grids that are 10x10 yards.
      • Play 3v1 to teach the players how to support the player with the ball.
      • 3 players try to connect as many passes as they can.
      • If the defender gets the ball, they dribble outside the grid for a point.
      • Play for 1 minute and switch defender.

      Coaching Points:

      • Non-Kicking foot pointed to target and parallel to ball.
      • Knees bent and balanced.
      • Locked ankle with toe up (inside of the foot).
      • Eyes on ball at instant of contact.

      1 vs.1 Zone + Defenders

      1 vs.1 Zone + Defenders Soccer Activity

      Setup:

      • Same set-up as 1st activity.
      • Make a 15x15yd field with a 5 yd endzone on each end. Make two 2yd goal on each endline.
      • Play 3v3.
      • A team can only score if they dribble into the 1v1 zone. Once in the zone, they can shoot on one of the small goals, but it has to be within two touches of entering the zone (1 touch if your players are stronger ability).
      • In this version any one can enter the 1v1 zone once a player dribbles into it (defenders and attackers).

      Coaching Points:

        Dribble Into Space

        Dribble Into Space Soccer Activity

        Setup:

        • Set up field as shown. Each box is 8x8yds (bigger or smaller depending on ability)
        • Play 3v1 in each corner, with one attacking player in the other corner.
        • Once the attacking team complete 3 or more passes (depending on ability), a player can break out of the 8x8yd box and run with the ball to the center area. The waiting player takes the ball from the dribbler in that box and heads back to the 3v1 area where the 3v1 resumes.
        • Play for 1 minute and then switch defender in the center.