Soccer 3v1 Plus 4 Training Drill

3v1 Plus 4

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs)(8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams
  • grid (25yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • 3 attackers versus 1 defender play inside the grid
  • 4 target players are positioned around the grid
  • one outside player starts the game by passing to one of the attacking players
  • attacking players try to connect three passes before they attempt to score by passing and receiving
  • a pass from a different outside player from which the first pass came
  • outside players must play one-touch
  • switch roles after 3-4 minutes or if defender intercepts the ball 5 times


  • limit number of touches for attacking team
  • play 3v2, 4v2 etc.
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • first touch away from pressure
  • create supporting angles
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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