Battle for the ball is a 1v1 variation where two players have to fight to win a 50-50 ball in order to try to score.

Set Up

For this drill you need a large goal, a goal keeper, and two lines of players on the opposite side. In front of the players place cones 6-8 meters away for the players to race around as pictured above.

How It Works

When the first players in line are ready, the coach gives the signal for them to run around the cone in front of them. Once the players have run around the cones the coach plays the ball out. This means that the player who makes it around their cone first will be the first one to the ball.

Once the ball is in play the players try to score on the large goal. The player who gets to the ball first is the attacker, the player who was slower around the cone is the defender.

Coaching Points

This is a great drill to work on both speed and quickness and competing in 1v1 situations. The defensive player should try to close the space quickly and not let the attacker turn towards goal. The attacking player can be creative to try to get past the defender and score. 

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