SKILLS - RAPID 1v1s - (15 MINS)



Setup a pitch with two goals and an area in the middle with all players having a ball each and given a number each. The players are manipulating the ball around the area and once their number is called by the coach, they have to leave their area and score in one of the goals. Once they have had their shot, they get their ball and return into the box ready for their number to be called again. To ensure the players have plenty of repetition make the area small and call multiple numbers at once. To add competition, set up the game to be based around the first player to score with their inside, outside and laces on both feet to win!

Coaching Points:

Eyes Up/Scanning: As players are dribbling around the area, they should be keeping their eyes up and scanning whilst manipulating their ball. When scanning, players should be looking at the best space to move into. Once their number has been called, they should react and look to move the ball quickly outside of the box to be able to score.

Use of Both Feet: Encourage players to manipulate the ball with both feet but most importantly due to the session focus encourage players to use both feet to shoot. To support this, you may put some constraints in place i.e. alternate which foot you shoot with per turn.

Striking Surfaces: Challenge players to try striking with different surfaces i.e. laces, outside or inside when they leave the box. To support this, you may need to position yourself by the goal to help players with their approach to the ball (at an angle) where they place their standing foot (beside the ball and aiming towards the goal) as well as what surface and follow through they go with.

First Touch: Players should look to take their touch out of their feet in this practice to help them to move into space quickly and help them with their approach as they look to get their shot away. If there isn’t much space, players may need to take a smaller touch to get outside of the box to evade other players.


  • Add a defender in front of each of the goals that can win the ball and prevent the attacker from being able to score.


  • Add more goals and don’t have goalkeepers to make it easier for players to practice their ball striking without having to shoot past the GK.