Outnumbered/in superior numbers – 5 against 3 constantly in turns

  • Organisation

    Three teams of five are formed. On the half-way line 5 against 3 is played with two goals. A second goal is placed on the half-way line. When two of the three teams are playing against each other, the third team stands behind the attacking team’s goal. The balls are shared between the two goals.
  • Process

    Team A begins with all 5 players against 3 players from team B (the two missing players from B have a break level with the half-way line and to the side of the playing field or as shown in the diagram next to the side of the goal. They take part in the game as soon as their team goes into attack). After the end of the attack, or if team B dribbles the ball over the half-way line after winning possession, all 5 players from team B play against 3 defenders from team B. Now the teams rotate constantly in this order. The defensive line is a back three and the attackers should play in a 1-2-2-formation when possible.
  • Tip

    - The focus of this sequence of play lies on 1) the quick switch from defense to attack and 2) the training of outnumbered/outnumbering plays. - In attack constant movement, talking with each other, and a quick and precise passing game are stipulated. Hence, in accordance with 1-2-2-formation, a depth offset from the players must be guaranteed and consequently movement in line is avoided (depth offset means the creation of play to points). - The defenders always act together and must not move too far away from each other. - The defenders’ aim is either to win possession or to force the ball-carrying attackers in potential goal-scoring areas out to the side, and by double covering him, preventing a pass path towards goal/his teammate. - The task of the defender close to the ball is to press the ball-carrying player. The two other defensive players protect the space behind (defensive triangle).
  • Field size

    Half a playing field.
  • Cone margins

    45-70 meters (depending on the width of the field).


Feinting/trick dribbling, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Trapping, Dribbling

Headers [Heading while in motion]

Passing [Inside of the foot passing]

Shot technique/shooting [Inside of the laces passing]


Three man backfield, Positional play, Man down/Man up

Defensive/Offensive play [Pushing, One on one]

Wing play/Crossing [Wing play with opponents]

Games plays [Overlapping]


Speed of movement with ball, Training of elementary endurance II

Strength [Power & Speed, Leaping strength]


Quick anticipation, Quick decisioning, Quickness of reaction

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis


U6 - U13 [Under 12, Under 13]

U14 - U19 [Under 14, Under 15, Under 16]


40 min

Form of Training:

Group training, Team training, Individual training

Participating Players:

Whole team


2 goalies


Groups, Offensive behaviors, Defensive behaviors, Alone training

Skill Level:


Spatial Behavior:


Training Location:

Asphalt, Turf field, Grass field

Author: Easy2Coach EN GmbH

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