1v1 Moves

A player has three choices when he has ball possession. He/she can dive in open space, pass to a teammate or defeat the opponent with a 1v1 move. While the first and second options might be the most sensible and safest, they might be impossible when the player is put under pressure by the opponents. A fast and surprising 1v1 move is then all what's left to keep ball possession.


No player would be complete without a large collection of possible 1v1 moves under his belt to defeat an opponent.

Not every move is usable in every situation. But when a player masters several moves, he/she will have a better chance to handle it.

It is key for a player to recognise the situation in a split second and act accordingly.

  • Feints and Fakes

    Feints and Fakes

    Feints and fakes are excellent moves to beat the opponent in front of you. Feinting is acting and the better you act with your body movements, the more chance you have to get the defender on the wrong foot.

    Sometimes the most basic moves as de Stepover, Scissor or Sidestep is all it takes to get past that last defender. The simplest solutions are often the most successful ones.

  • Change of Direction

    Change of Direction

    When a player isn't able to pass the ball to a teammate and the opponent is coming on to you from the side or is running side by side with you, then a sudden change of direction could give you just enough time and space to get in a better position to pass the ball or dive in an open zone.

    Remember, keeping ball possession is a priority.