Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

At first, this drill seems to be out of place in the “Tackling” section. However, one-on-one situations happen frequently on the field, because the attackers have been clumsy, or the defender has provoked mistakes or a one-on-one through aggressive defending. By employing these variants, one-on-ones can also be deliberately brought into the game.


Three forwards attack towards two cone goals, which are being defended by only one player. The forwards should end the attack quickly and successfully. The attacker in the middle position may not score a goal. The defender is swapped out after three plays.


- Play with the off-side rule
- Only one pass is allowed

Soccer coach tips

- Demand aggressive defending of the ball
- Stop long one-on-ones in time

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 12
Materials required: 1 ball per group, 2 cone goals, one start marker
Field size: According to group’s ability

One-on-one situations happen frequently on the field