Third exercise of the series about the 1 v 1 ran out entirely on the the rhombus.

With this exercise we work again and more on decision making and on the reaction of the players to understand the role, as attacker or defender during the development.

The individual transitions when the ball is recovered or lost become important, as the requirements are different and related to which stage of the exercise the players recover or lose the possession:

  • Counterattack after a triangle pas to keep possession
  • Front 1 v 1 duel after receiving from the teammate who won the ball
  • 1 v 1 duel after a choice of the player in possession if to try individually or to look for a wall passing sequence with a third player

The objectives are always the coach the offensive phase, to finish as soon as possible, under three different types of opposing pressure that are related to the development of the moves:

  • the defender in marking, or near, even before receiving the ball (the forward is not in possession)
  • look for a cooperation of a teammate to solve the duel after the recovery
  • the defender must change opponent as individual transition to defend phase

3 players are placed on 3 of 4 cones of a rhombus. A goal is placed on the upper cone with a goalkeeper.

The goalkeeper decides who is the receiver between the outer players (2 and 7); 2 in the picture.

The receiver must play a wall passing sequence together with the center player (4), before attacking and finishing, while the defender is trying to take position and to mark him on before the return pass.

A 1 v 1 duel is created between the outside players.

If the defender (7) recovers the possession, he must play a wall passing combination with the center player, and he can shoot on goal only after the return pass .

The defender (2) is now marking the forward on, without the ball at the beginning, and he can try to intercept the ball to try to attack again.

Variation: if the defender (2) recovers the ball again, he must pass back toward the center player (4), who plays a 1 v 1 duel against the player who lost the possession (7). He now has two ways to finish: he can play alone or he can play a wall passing combination with the free player, who can’t dribble and who has to play with one touch as return pass.

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U13 – U14

4 players (3 field players and 1 goalkeeper)


Passing, Receiving

Feint, Free from the marker; Mark the man on, Interception, Transitions



cones, balls, regular goal

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