Soccer 3v2 Attacking Training Drill

3v2 Attacking

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Finishing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (25yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • the attacking team (3 players) attempts to score on the goal with goalie
  • the defending team (2 players) scores by dribbling across end line with support of the goalie as a
  • third teammate
  • play begins with a pass from the goal line by a defender to an attacker
  • goals scored after having dribbled into end zone are awarded 2 points otherwise only 1 point
  • if ball goes out of bounce it is dribbled back in
  • no offside
  • switch roles after 5-10 minutes


  • play 4v3, 5v4, 3v3, 4v4 etc.
  • 2 defenders stay connected by holding a pinnie
  • 2 pairs of defenders stay connected by holding a pinnie
  • play with offside
  • minimum of 2-3 touches for attackers
  • adjust size of field if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication


  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass
  • change role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication

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