Soccer First Pass 3v3 Training Drill

First Pass 3v3

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 9+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Attacking, Dribbling, Passing, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • grid (25yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • player with the ball passes to a player on the opposite end-line
  • once pass is received all players can enter the grid to play 3v3 until a player dribbles across the opponent’s end-line with control


  • play 1v1, 2v2 or 4v4 etc.
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • accurate passes
  • weight of pass
  • first touch
  • close down attacker quickly
  • constant movement
  • communication is vital
  • good angle and distance of support to receive ball

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