1v1 through gates

Start & organisation

  • Have two gates (marked as cones) at either end of marked area 
  • Divide group into two teams and teams starting at either end
  • Player from one team dribbles out and tries to score by dribbling through either opposition gates, defender is trying to win the ball and dribble through opposition gates
  • Ball restarts with team in possession. 
  • Switch which team starts with the ball every 2 minutes 

Timings: 20-30 minutes
Pitch area: Square
Other rules: N/A


  • Encourage players to win the ball within 4 seconds 
  • Players keep score of how many goals they concede and see who can get the fewest

What to look for

  • Is the attacker moving the ball with the inside of their foot?
  • Are they keeping the ball central so they can be unpredictable and go in either direction?
  • Is the defender closing the ball to delay the attacker from moving forward?
  • Is the defender recognising when to try and win the ball and when to jockey the attacker?

What the coach can do

  • Give cues about when and where the defender can try and win the ball
  • Demonstrate (or get the players to) skill moves to beat the defender 1v1