Soccer 3v2 Each Half Training Drill

3v2 Each Half

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (35yds x 45yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • play 3v2 in each half
  • players must stay in their designated half
  • defending players can only defend with two men
  • third defender drops back next to his goal until possession is won back or the attacking team scores


  • vary numbers in each half
  • the player who makes a pass into the attacking half may follow it to support the other attackers
  • one attacking player is allowed into the defending half to advance the ball into the attacking half
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust size of field if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • quick transition
  • quick finish
  • close down the shooter quickly
  • pressure the ball first and cut down the shooters angle

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