Soccer 2v2 Attacking (Counter Goals) Training Drill

2v2 Attacking (Counter Goals)

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • cones to mark off area
  • 1 goal with goalie
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • defenders pass the ball from their goal line to the attackers who come on the field through their cone goals
  • attackers (blue) score on goal with goalie
  • defenders score by dribbling through cone goals
  • play is continuous until ball goes out of bounce or goal is scored
  • attackers become defenders next round


  • attackers only become defenders if they can’t score
  • add a third attacker 3v2
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • set up defender
  • supporting angle and distance to ball
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power


  • angle and distance of cover
  • change role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel

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