First Touch
Ball Striking
Running with the ball
Quick Feet
Useful Equipment
  • Cones or equivalent markers
  • Goal
Dynamic Ball Mastery
The Challenge
This “1v1 Square” soccer skills technical challengeĀ is a practice for your team. Simple to set up with a 12×12 square with 4 players on the edges working in pairs.

The practice

Stage 1 – Passing between the players to get he warmed up. Encourage the players to punch the pass and also use both feet and different surfaces

Stage 2 – One player passes to their partner. The partner then attacks 1v1 with passive pressure. Even though the defender is passive, ask them to take the shapes and movements of a defender

Stage 3 – Passing combination after the initial 1v1 where the defender becomes the link player for the other 2 players

Stage 4 – Go into a live full pressure 1v1 practice. Use the players on the edges to play 1-2’s always maintaining balance. Rotate players clockwise so each one has a turn.

The practice is designed to practice individual 1v1 skills becoming comfortable on the ball under pressure. Initially you can focus on one skill just to master it BUT also encourage them to try their own skills.

Hard work pays off
Master the Ball…Master the Game