One on one soccer drills is very useful for budding soccer players. You can even use these drills to coach your children at home and have fun at the same time. One on one soccer drills helps increase the ball kicking ability of the players, as well as improve their focus and defending skills. Here are some drills you can try out as a one on one soccer drill.
1) One Bounce Game
If you are looking for some excitement, this is a great choice. The game has some great rules and can help you keep yourself engaged for hours on end.
For this, you just need a soccer ball.
Throw the ball to the player such that it bounces only once before it reaches him.
The player kicks it back before a second bounce straight to your arms.
Alternate between the right leg and left leg to kick the ball back, and as the coach you can change directions and throw the ball faster.
Two players can also play this, taking turns to throw the ball or kick the ball back.
This will help players shoot the ball into the target area, and will increase their kicking strength, as well as increase their focus.
2) Evading trackers
The rules are a bit complex here but they sure are worth it.
For this, you can group players in pairs. Arrange a finishing point or a goal.
Each group gets one ball.
Start the game from the side opposite to that of the finish line.
The idea is to dribble the ball, changing directions and foot all the while without giving your ball away to the other person in your group. Continue this all the way to the finish line.
The one who gets the ball through the finish line is the winner.
Players can take turns starting with the ball while the other defends.
This drill will not only improve their dribbling skills but also help them sharpen their on-field decision making skills, as they find out ways to maneuver the ball and dodge their opponents.
This is a great drill to involve all the players together and have a one versus one drill at the same time.
In this drill, divide the players into two equal teams. Each team will have a goal on each opposite side.
Now assign a number to each player on each team.
Now when you call out a number, the player with those numbers will run out to the field, and try to kick the ball into the opponents’ goal first.
You can call out numbers one after another in quick succession or multiple numbers at the same time.
However, players will only concentrate on the opponents with their numbers. The team to score the most goals wins.
This is a great game to promote teamwork and at the same time develop individual skills. It can be a great practice game for players of all ages, and they can all have fun while learning how to control a ball and make quick decisions to evade their opponent.
4) Getting to the ball and the goal first
This is a one versus one drill between two players and then a one versus one drill between one player and the goalkeeper.
In this, place a ball a few yards from the goal. Create an area by placing two cones at the corners of that area. The area should be a few yards from the goal, but closing than where the ball is kept.
At the sound of the whistle, the two players run forward, trying to reach the ball first. The one who reaches the ball first becomes the attacker while the other player is the defender. Each tries to take the ball away from the other and be the first person to go through the area bordered by the cones.
The first player to go through gets a shot at the goal. If he scores a goal, he gets a point.
This simulates the real soccer playing field, where a player has to reach the ball, defend it and get to the goal. This will help players in focusing on reaching the goal while keeping the ball away from the defender. It will also improve their dribbling skills and decision making skills.
This one on one drills teaches players many skills in engaging and fun ways.