Soccer 3v3 Each Half Training Drill

3v3 Each Half

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals
  • pinnies


  • 3v3 in each half
  • players must stay in their half
  • each team defends and attacks one goal
  • if defenders win the ball they can dribble across the halfway line to create a 4v3 situation
  • defenders must return to their half if a shot is taken or possession is lost
  • change direction of play every 5-10 minutes


  • minimum of 3 touches
  • vary number of players in each half
  • if a defender wins the ball he can pass and must follow his pass into attacking half (4v3)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication


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

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