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

With this exercise we work deeper 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 to a wide support player to save the possession before attacking

4 players are placed at the vertices of a rhombus. A goal is defended by the goalkeeper and it’s placed on the top corner.

The upper vertex player (6) decides where to move to receive the ball from the goalkeeper; on the right or on the left.

The low vertex (4) opens the body toward the opposite side to receive the back pass and then to create a 1 v 1 duel between them.

4 can decide whether to finish the move directly or to play with one of the wide players, creating a momentary 1 v 1 duel without the ball.

If the defender 6 wins the ball, he must play the ball to one of one of the wide players to save the possession, and then he can attack after the return pass.

Variation: If the defender 6 wins the possession, he passes the ball to one of the wide teammates and the player who has lost the ball must close the goal space.

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U13 – U14

5 players (4 field players and 1 goalkeeper)


Passing, Receiving

Feint, Free from the marker; Body position on the opponent, Goal defense, Transitions, 1 v 1 off the ball


Cooperation with a temmate to finish the move

cones, balls, regular goal

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