Fourth exercise of the series on 1 v 1 duels entirely developed on the rhombus.

With this exercise we work again on decision-making principles and on the reaction speed of the players to understand the role of attacker or defender during the development of the exercise.

  • Where to receive the ball (be unmarked)
  • Attack the opponent directly, or look for a shore (fixed only)

The principles of individual transition when the possession is recovered become important also in this variation, as the player is asked to play differently according to the phases of the exercise, in which the ball is recovered or lost:

  • Alternation of 1 v 1 front duels and off the ball (the defender can try to intercept)
  • The first step of possession, during the positive transition, is to make it safe, passing back to the low vertex player, who becomes attacker

3 players are placed on three cones, 3 of the 4 vertexes of a rhombus. A goal defended by the goalkeeper is placed on the upper vertex.

The center player (4) decides where to move, to receive the ball from the goalkeeper, on the right or on the left.

The player on the opposite cone (2) becomes defender of a 1 v 1 duel with 4.

The third player runs down to play as lower vertex.

4 can decide whether to finish the move directly or to play a wall pass combination with the lower vertex, creating a momentary 1 v 1 duel without the ball.

If the defender 2 wins the possession, he passes back toward the lower vertex 7, who plays a 1 v 1 front duel with 4, who has lost the ball.

If the defender 4 wins the ball again, he passes the ball back again toward 2, which has moved to a low vertex position previously, to create a new 1 v 1 front duel.

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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, Goal defense, Transitions, 1 v 1 off the ball



cones, balls, regular goal

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