Soccer 3v3 Breakaway Training Drill

3v3 Breakaway

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • teams play 3v3 in designated area
  • defending team scores by passing it to a teammate inside end zone (receiving player has to time his
  • run into zone – he cannot wait for the ball inside the zone)
  • attacking player who dribbles across defender’s end line into the box can only be followed by one
  • defender (or after attacker’s first touch inside box)
  • if the ball goes out of bounce it is dribbled back in
  • switch roles after 5-10 minutes


  • play 4v3, 5v4 etc.
  • attacking player inside the box is free for a 1v1 with the goalie (no additional defender allowed inside the box)
  • limit number of touches for attacker inside the box
  • adjust size of field if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • supporting angle and distance to ball
  • create space for others
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • quick finish


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

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