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FineSoccer Drill 116 - Soccer Fitness and Taking Players On

This exercise is a great way to work on soccer fitness, taking players on and shielding as well as tackling and much much more.

The game is basically 1 v 1 v 1 going from one sideline to the other with small goals. There are three players on the field and whichever player has the ball attacks and the other two players defend. If a player wins the ball, then she must attack the furthest goal. If there are 12 players involved in training, you would have two groups playing and two resting for 90 second periods and then they would switch. The resting players would be in charge of making sure there is always a ball in play. See diagram below for an example of the set up

By going sideline to sideline for 90 seconds, the players get a tremendous amount of conditioning in while also working on many other aspects of the game.

Other variations that can include allowing the player with the ball to attack either goal or allowing them to use the players on the outside who would be restricted to one touch. Also, instead of three players playing at a time, there can be 4 so it's always 1 v 4.

This is a great way to work on fitness while maintaining the soccer feel. If each group gets 5 turns and the the transitions between games can be held to 30 seconds, in a 20 minute period, you can accomplish many things.

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