Soccer 3v2 Plus Target Players Training Drill

3v2 Plus Target Players

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 9+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: finishing, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • grid (25yds x 30yds)
  • cone goals (2-4yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • play 3v2 in the middle
  • 4 target players around the grid as shown
  • target players start the game by passing a ball in to one of the attacking (red) players
  • attacking team scores by passing to a target player through a different cone goal from which the first pass came
  • defending team tries to keep possession for as long as possible
  • play then restarts from the goal into which a goal was scored
  • players switch roles after 5-10 minutes


  • play 3v1, 4v2, 2v2, 3v3 etc.
  • defending team switches roles with the attackers if they keep the ball for 7 seconds
  • limit number of touches for attackers
  • goal must be scored with the first touch
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quality of preparation touch
  • contact surface
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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