Soccer 3v3 Plus Target Player Training Drill

3v3 Plus Target Player

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20yds x 25yds)
  • 1 goal with goalie
  • good supply of cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • play 3v3 with a ball feeder at the opposite side of the goal
  • one team is attacking the goal while the other team is defending it
  • if the ball goes out of bounce or a goal is scored the ball feeder always plays the ball back in to the
  • attacking team
  • teams switch roles if the defending wins the ball and completes a pass to the ball feeder


  • on coach’s command the feeder can enter the grid and help the attacking team for 10-20 seconds
  • vary how the ball is played in (high/low throw, high/low pass)
  • limit number of touches (only for attackers)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • unbalance the defense
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense
  • positioning to provide cover and balance


  • intercept pass
  • defend vital space (squeeze toward center)
  • defend space behind

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