To encourage players to take on opponents in 1v1 situations
The set up: Magic Rectangle - I set up each rectangle as 10 yards wide by 15 yards long. Overall pitch size of 30x45, but make it appropriate to your players age and ability.
Warm Up: Ball Mastery - You will notice then when setting up the pitch I have set up a goal at either end of the pitch to set the direction in the players mind. The ball mastery is completed in the middle third. Players are asked to go and stand along either the red line of cones or the blue line of cones - their choice. Players are then asked to dribble the ball across to the opposite line of cones performing the feint or change of direction move (examples here) at least once. Players work back and forwards between the lines of cones and change to the next skill on the coaches request. Allow them at least 4 or 5 attempts at each skill.before changing.
If you have a group of three, get them to play 2v1, don't have one standing out, or taking turns. Have 2 players play as defenders or attackers.
Work in small areas: 2v2 To goal or the corner- This is just a simple progression of the previous activity. The pitch is deliberately small to produce more 1v1 opportunities.
Group Work: 4v4 To goal or the corner–The players are then split into two teams, 4v4 or 6v5, whatever suits your group. The four central cones and the small goals used for the previous drill are removed.
The game is played the same as before but with the use of the whole pitch and the support of extra players and no goalkeepers. Players score two points for dribbling the ball through the goal and one point for dribbling the ball to the corner. You can award extra points for players beating players 1v1, or where they have actively got their head up and looked for the best space to attack.
Follow this with a normal game. Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players taking the players on 1v1.