Soccer 3v2 Finishing Practice Training Drill

3v2 Finishing Practice

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

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


  • play 3v2
  • the three attackers attempt to score a goal
  • the two defenders attempt to win the ball and pass to their target player at the endline opposite to the goal


  • the attacking players become the defenders for the next round if the defending team succeeds in
  • getting the ball to the target player
  • set a time limit for each sequence
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • quality of preparation touch
  • quick finish
  • unbalancing the defense
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage


  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass (deny turn, deny penetration)
  • tracking (recovery runs etc.)
  • changing role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication

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