Soccer Drill – One against One in a Running Duel

runningduelOrganization: The players start at the blue marks. The moment the coach introduces a ball, both players sprint towards the ball and try to finish on the goals located respectively on the other side (in the upper illustration, Yellow finishes on the upper and right goal, Red on the lower and left goal). The action is finished when either one of the players scores or more than one transitioning moment occurs.

Coaching: The players shall intentionally enter the running duel and search for physical contact, even before reaching the ball in order to create an advantage. Through his passing, the coach is able to intentionally give a player an advantage or disadvantage. He is also able to decide if it will be a long running duel or only 2/3 quick steps towards the ball.

Variation: Yellow and Red finish on different mini-goals (define before starting)

Running Duel Variation


The existing organization remains. In this variation, the players start from the opposite side. The coach introduces the ball and both players start into a running duel. Yellow finishes on the upper and right goal and Red on the lower and left mini-goal. In this situation, the players have the additional option to use their bodies in order to let the ball pass through.

This article is taken from the eBook 1vs1 Mastery:

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eBook: 1 vs 1 Mastery
Author: Steven Turek
Publisher: Peter Schreiner
Pages: 52 – Graphics: 36

In times of systematic and organized offensive- and defensive strategies, players as Messi and Ronaldo become more and more an exception! Reason enough for Steven Turek to elaborate on this fundamental topic in soccer. In ‘1 vs 1 Mastery’, Turek describes different situations of 1 vs 1 duels. Beyond that, he provides for every situation valuable coaching cues for attackers as well as defenders – just another basic principle for Steven Turek ‘Always coach both, the defender and the attacker!’ Furthermore, Turek describes how 1 vs 1 exercises can efficiently be used to also train conditional factors. The main focus, as in all practical training concepts, lays on the practical part over 30 pages with competition-like exercises, detailed coaching cues and many variations!

  • Coaching Points for Attacker and Defender in Various Situations
  • 1 vs 1 as Fitness Training
  • 7 Exercises for Tactical 1 vs 1 Situations
  • 7 Complex Exercises
  • 7 Competitions

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