1 v 1 v 1

The 1v1v1 drill focuses on attacking with a numbers down situation. This will encourage attacking players to take players on and look for a quick shot on goal. Defensively, this drill can teach defenders with transition, quickly getting back and breaking up the play.

1v1v1 Soccer Drill


  • Have players form three lines close to the midfield line facing the net.
  • The goalkeeper should be prepared in the net.
  • The coach should have all the balls and set up to the side of the players.


  • The coach passes a ball onto the field, a bit in front of the players.
  • The first player in each line runs out to gain possession of the ball.
  • The first player to gain possession becomes the attacking player.
  • The other two are defenders.
  • Possession can swap between players during play.
  • Whoever has possession of the ball is the attacking player and the other two are defending.
  • Play continues until a goal is scored or the ball goes out of bounds.
  • Players then go to the back of the line and a ball is passed onto the field for the next set of 3 players.

Coaching Tips

  • Advise players who gain possession of the ball first to continue with speed toward the net and look for a quick shot.
  • Because the attacking player has no support, it’s best to look for a quick shot. However, this can also be an opportunity for players to work on their technical skills with the ball.
  • Encourage them to try to take on the defenders and gain confidence in their dribbling skills.


  • The coach can vary the area where the ball is played onto the field.
  • The ball can be played close to the players or further away.
  • The ball can be rolling on the ground or thrown in the air.
  • Players can start with their backs to the net or laying on the ground. This can help players with reaction time.