One attacker against two defenders

  • Organisation

    A goalkeeper and three outfield players are positioned on the field as shown in the diagram. The two blue players act as defenders, the red player as an attacker. The attacker has the ball.
  • Process

    The goalkeeper opens the play with a pass/throw to the attacker C waiting on the half-way line. The ball-carrying attacker runs to the defender B. In doing so he dribbles, feinting to the left and to the right. Player A safeguards player B in that he takes part in the changes of direction that C makes. If player B is outplayed, defender A apprehends player C immediately and B safeguards player A at the back as soon as possible and follows for his part the lateral changes in direction of player A. The attacker attempts to out-dribble the two defenders and get a shot on goal in through tempo dribbling and depending on the situation, the use of feints/dummies.
  • Tip

    - At the beginning the striker should run to the defenders at only a moderate tempo in order to give them as good a chance as possible to tailor the paths to each other. - The distance of the defender at the back to the one in front should always be about 5 meters. - If the first defender is outplayed, the defender at the back runs to the attacker. When he is about 2-3 meters in front of him he reduces his speed, comes to a standstill and running laterally offset backwards, takes up the tempo of the attacker.
  • Field size

    30x40 meters.


Dribbling, Running technique with/without ball, Feinting/trick dribbling, Trapping, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Ball control

Shot technique/shooting [Inside of the laces passing, Laces, Outside of the foot, Inside of the foot]


Man down/Man up, Four man backfield

Defensive/Offensive play [Pushing, One on one]

Games plays [Attacking down the middle]


Speed of movement off the ball, Explosiveness, Speed of movement with ball

Strength [Power & Speed, Leaping strength]


Quick anticipation, Quick decisioning, Quick processing, Quickness of reaction, Quick understanding of danger

Training Set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis


U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 12, Under 13]


20 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [4 players, 5 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players]

Form of Training:

Individual training, Group training

Participating Players:

Whole team


1 goalie


Alone training, Groups, Offensive behaviors, Defensive behaviors

Skill Level:

Advanced, Professional, Beginner

Spatial Behavior:


Training Location:

Grass field, Indoor, Forest/meadow, Asphalt, Turf field

Author: Easy2Coach EN GmbH

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