1v1 knockout

Start & organisation

  • Divide group into two teams and position as shown on a long field
  • Goalkeepers feed balls into a 1v1
  • If you score, you stay on; if you concede, you are replaced by a teammate
  • Set up 2 fields if numbers allow

Timings: 10-20 minutes
Pitch area: Long narrow field
Other rules: N/A

  • Players use on the ball skills to get free
  • Players keep score of how many goals they individually score
  • Can progress to 2v2

What to look for

  • Is the defender moving towards the ball and closing the space for the attacker?
  • Is the defender moving towards the ball while blocking the attackers route to goal?
  • Is the defender getting close enough to the attacker to be able to effectively win the ball?

What the coach can do

  • Demonstrate how and where the defender should close the attacker
  • Ask players questions about how close they should get to the defender