7. 1 v 1, 2 v 2 fitness

Area – 25 x 30, 2 goals with GK’s. Teams are placed at opposite ends as shown with a cone facing each team 30 yards away.

1. The coach calls out a number. If coach calls “TWO”, 2 players from each team run around the opposite cone as fast as they can. They now attack the goal they are facing.

2. The coach serves in the ball. A 2 v 2  is played.

3. Play until a goal is scored or until the ball goes out of bounds.

4. Players return back to their group and the coach calls out another number.

Variation:

Play with no GK. First player that runs around the cone becomes a GK.

Tell the players to + 1 every time you call a number. Shout 2, but 3 go etc

If you have really young players and you want to teach spacing, place 4 cones on the field in the shape of a diamond. Tell the players every time you shout "Go!", 5 players from each team start. As the players run around the cone and onto the field, each player must stand on a cone. (No player from the same team must be on the same cone) Once they get into this position, roll in a soccer ball.

 

Coaching points:

Positive 1 v 1

Good decision making if 2 v 2 or more