Soccer 3v2 Training Drill


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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams (3v2)
  • grid (25yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (3-4yds)
  • pinnies


  • three attackers defend three goals and defenders one (two) goal(s)
  • two defenders rotate every 1-2 minutes or after every goal
  • attackers always start with the ball on a dead play


  • play 4v3
  • minimum of 3 touches for attackers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • set up defender
  • supporting angle and distance to ball
  • support position behind ball
  • support position in advance of the ball
  • support position lateral to ball
  • combination play (1-2, double pass, overlap, take over)
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense


  • angle and distance of cover
  • changing role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel

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