Soccer 3v2 Finishing Activity Training Drill

3v2 Finishing Activity

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 5 groups
  • 1 goal with goalie
  • good supply of cones
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • player 1 passes to player 2 who receives the ball and attempts to finish on goal with the help of the
  • other two attackers (blue)
  • player 1 follows his pass and becomes a defender who prevents a shot on goal with the help of
  • another defender (red)
  • the sequence is over if a goal is scored or the ball goes out of bounce
  • sequence repeats with a new set of players 3v2
  • switch goalies


  • play 2v2, 2v1 etc.
  • attacking team must connect 2-3 passes before they can score
  • pass-giver makes a lofted pass to the attacker
  • set time limit for the attackers to score
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • accurate passes
  • quick finish
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • placement versus power
  • supporting angle and distance to ball
  • unbalancing the defense
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense


  • angle and speed of approach- delay and channel
  • intercept pass — deny turn — deny penetration
  • tracking — recovery runs
  • changing role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication — recognizing visual cues for decision making

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