Soccer 3v3 End Zone Training Drill

3v3 End Zone

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams (3v3)
  • grid (25yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks one end zone
  • teams score by dribbling into end zone with control
  • no forward passes allowed
  • goal scorer has to make a penalty kick to make his goal count
  • if ball goes out of bounce it is dribbled back in


  • play 4v3, 5v4, 3v3, 4v4 etc.
  • each player has a man to defend and cannot defend unless their partner has the ball
  • if goal scorer misses penalty kick opposing team is awarded a point
  • game continues when goal scorer is taking penalty kick (2v3)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • attack open space
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control


  • angle and speed of approach
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • deny turn

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