two against two with moving in

  • Organisation

    Five players position themselves on the playing field as shown in the diagram. The two blue players A and B are the defenders; the two red players are the attackers. The goalkeeper goes in goal. The ball is with the red player C in the starting position.
  • Process

    Player C starts play with a pass to D. As soon as C moves to strike the ball, defender B runs to/attacks player D. When player B leaves his defensive position in the direction of D, player A takes up his position in the defense. Now a 2 on 2 situation with continuously changing paths begins till such time as the defender wins possession or the attacker makes an attempt on goal.
  • Tip

    - This pattern of play's main function is for the learning of paths used in soccer. The tackling carried out, however, is fully active and with full physical exertion. - The drill should be repeatedly trained as many times as possible (automation of movement combinations). - Attention should be paid to a precise and punchy passing/attacking game. - The start signal for the counter-reaction is the passer of the ball moving to strike the ball. The lateral distances between the players are 7-12m. The playing partners stand at a distance of about 15m opposite from each other. - If one of the defenders safeguards the other at the back, he should move 5m laterally offset behind the man in front.
  • Field size

    Double the 18 yard box.
  • Cone margins

    Widthwise: 32 meters Lengthwise: 16 meters


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

Passing [Wall passes, Short passing, Inside of the foot passing]

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


Man down/Man up, Four man backfield

Defensive/Offensive play [Pushing, One on one]

Games plays [Overlapping]


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

Strength [Leaping strength, Power & Speed]


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

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis


Game Systems [Running off the ball]


U6 - U13 [Under 12, Under 13]

U14 - U19 [Under 14]


30 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [5 players]

6 - 10 players [6 players, 7 players, 8 players]

Form of Training:

Group training, Individual training

Participating Players:

Whole team


1 goalie


Offensive behaviors, Defensive behaviors, Alone training, Groups

Skill Level:

Beginner, Advanced, Professional

Spatial Behavior:

Double penalty box

Training Location:

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

Author: Easy2Coach EN GmbH

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