Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): 1v1 SAQ

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Allastair Lindsay
Name: Allastair Lindsay
City: Norwich
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite ‚Äď 5 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


This speed, agility, quickness exercise emphasises quick acceleration and sharp changes of direction. But it also adds a fun, competitive element and stresses the importance of quality touches on the ball at the end of short sprints.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 SAQ

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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
First touch, dribbling, skill to get past opponent
Technical Tactical
Awareness of opponent
Technical Physical
Speed, coordination
Technical Social

1v1 SAQ (15 mins)


Set-up a speed circuit on each side of the pitch. Use an age-appropriate circuit size. Have a speed ladder or evenly spaced markers, a small gap, a diamond of tall cones or markers, and then another slightly longer gap to a final tall cone. On each half, add two small goals and a single ball.

Split teams evenly across the pitch so each half has two teams.

Players compete 1v1. On the coaches whistle/shout a player from each team runs through the speed circuit and then races to the ball. Once on the pitch the players are 1v1 and play until either a player scores or the ball goes out of play.

The speed circuit is:

- Both feet between each rung/gap

- Short sprint

- Touch all five tall cones

- Long sprint to the ball

Coaching Points

The emphasis is on high-speed and high-quality during the players active session so the work:rest ratio is about 1:4.

Strong fundamentals - good running technique/form.

Quality on the ball.

Intensity/work ethic - want to win.


You can change the movements through the speed circuit to work on different aspects of SAQ (speed, agility, quickness).

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