Dealing with 1 v 1’s

By Josh Jones-Keen –

This is another topic and drill that was discussed at the recent FA Keepers Conference. As players get faster and the game changes dealing with 1:1’s is becoming more & more important.

40×40 yard box with two small boxes in side for the Keepers.


[wpsharely id=”821″][/wpsharely]

6v 3 with a Keeper in each box, overloaded intentionally to create chance for the Keeper to practice 1 on 1’s, swap the 3’s around. Outfield players score by running the ball through the box Keepers score a point by forcing the player out of the box or by making a save.


Keepers can now score 3 goals if they leave the box and intercept a pass or steal the ball from a player’s foot with their hands.

Progression 2

To add more realism, if the Keeper leaves the box they can now only regain the ball with their feet
If the defending team win the ball they can now try and keep the ball using the Keepers. 5 passes equals a goal.

Coaching Points

  • Positioning, down the line of the ball
  • Good footwork, follow the ball across as it’s played
  • Body shape, showing the attacker out of the box
  • Decision making, when to pounce when to delay or deny space

By Josh Jones-Keen – Josh has been coaching Goalkeepers for over a decade & has both Outfield and Goalkeeper coaching awards from England and Scotland. He’s coached at a number of levels from grassroots to semipro and currently coaches non league Women’s team as well as a local academy.

About the Author Tom Mura

Leave a Comment: