Soccer 3v3 Through Pass Training Drill

3v3 Through Pass

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • large grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • small grid (25yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • play 3v3 plus 2
  • teams score by connecting two passes before making a pass outside the small grid which is received by a teammate or neutral player
  • pass must be controlled before the ball leaves the large grid
  • players cannot wait in target area to receive the pass


  • one player from the defending team can follow to prevent the pass from being controlled
  • the receiver cannot make the run through the same gate as the pass
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position — open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • shape of team to maintain possession
  • switch point of attack
  • create space for others
  • support position lateral to ball

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