Soccer 3v3 Sweeper Training Drill

3v3 Sweeper

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing, finishing, attacking, defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 end zones 5yds deep
  • 4 cone goals (4-5yds)
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks 2 cone goals
  • sweeper acts as a defender/goalie who cannot leave the end zone


  • allow sweeper to use his hands
  • limit number of touches for field players and/or sweepers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • switch point of attack
  • awareness of goalkeeper’s position
  • quick finish
  • attack open space
  • spread out attack
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision

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