Transition 1v1s

By Philip Cauchi

Title:  Transition 1v1s.

Area of practice: 15 yards by 12 yards.

Number of players: Six to eight players maximum.

Workload:  Work continuously for five minutes with the players rotating all the time.  Therefore the players rest between repetitions as part of these five minutes.  Perform twice (2 x 5 minutes with a recovery period of two minutes).

Description of the practice:

The first player in line sprints to touch the pole positioned at the side of the practice area.  Immediately the coach passes the ball to the next player in line to start the 1v1.  The player to whom the coach passed the ball attempts to score in the south goal while the opposite player attempts to score in the north goal.  Players may only score from inside their respective scoring zone.  After the attack is over, the player who attacked the south goal sprints to touch the pole while the coach passes a ball to the attacker next in line.  This player attacks the south goal while the player who previously attacked the south goal now defends it and attacks the north goal.

Key points:

The attacker should attempt to attack the goal at speed while using fakes to fend off the defender. 

The defender should get between the goal and the player with the ball and force him/her wide into a narrow angle.

On the positive transition the player who recovered the ball should immediately explode into the space in front of her to attack the defender’s goal and not to give her the opportunity to recover.

The players are organized in a line as shown in the image above.

The first player in line sprints to touch the pole positioned just outside the area.

Immediately the coach passes a ball to an attacker who aims to get past the defender and score in the mini goal post.  

When the action is over the player who previously attacked the south goal, sprints to touch the pole to then defend the same goal against a new opponent.  The defender aims to recover the ball and counter attacks on the north goal.

By Philip Cauchi

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