Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

You are the key person in this sequence. Clear commands and good timing will make this drill a highlight.

This is difficult for the coach, because he must always take care that the numbers he calls are not already on the field and have a good eye for the right moment to give commands. Finally, the coach has a job he can really concentrate on ;-)


Mark an drill rectangle. The smaller it is, the more intensive the one-on-ones will be.

We will post three players each on two sides; the players are numbered from one to three. At the beginning of the drill, one player from each group should be in the practice rectangle. One player has a ball; the other player tries to win the ball. Give the one-on-one some time and then call two numbers. The first number is represented by the black player in our animation; the second player is yellow. The player, who takes control of the ball on command, passes to the player from his team who is offering himself. The next one-on-one can then begin.

If the ball should leave the rectangle, start the drill from the beginning.


- The coach only calls one number; the player with the ball stays on the field

Soccer coach tips

- Clear, understandable commands
- Don’t let the one-on-one go on for too long

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 12
Materials required: Enough balls, four cone markers
Field size: The smaller the field, the more difficult the one-on-one

You are the key person in this sequence