1v1 Defender Trailing

1v1 defender trailing is a 1v1 variation that encourages offensive players to attack quickly and stay calm under pressure while being chased by a defender.

Set Up

For this drill create two lines of players anywhere from 30-50 meters away from a large goal with a goal keeper. The players in one of the lines need balls.

How It Works

When the offensive player is ready they dribble towards goal as quickly as possible and try to score. The defensive player in the line across from them tries to track the offensive player down and prevent them from scoring. 

Coaching Points

Because there is a bit of space between the players at the start, the offensive player has an advantage if they can get into a goal scoring position before the defender has a chance to catch up to them. With that being said this is a great drill for forwards to work on dribbling at speed and staying calm to finish under pressure.

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