Two defenders against three attackers

  • Organisation

    A goalkeeper, two defenders (blue) and three attackers (red) are positioned, as shown in the diagram, on the playing field marked out by cones. The attackers have the ball.
  • Process

    When completing the drill: The attackers attempt to outplay the defenders and get an attempt on goal through the use of different means of attack such as quick passing combinations, overlapping, crossing over, through balls, dribbles and one-twos. The two defenders have to prevent this through clever tactical movement and aggressive conduct in the challenge. The offside rule applies.
  • Tip

    - The two defenders always act together and must not move too far away from each other. - The aim is either to win possession of the ball, or to force the attacker with possession of the ball in a potential goal scoring area out sideways and block the way for a pass towards goal/a teammate by double covering him.
  • Field size

    50x40 meters.
  • Cone margins

    10 meters.


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

Headers [Heading while in motion]

Passing [Inside of the foot passing]

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


Positional play

Defensive/Offensive play [One on one, Pushing]

Games plays [Overlapping]


Explosiveness, Speed of movement with ball

Strength [Leaping strength, Power & Speed]


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

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis


U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 12, Under 13]


25 min

Number of 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:

Limited playing field

Training Location:

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

Author: Easy2Coach EN GmbH

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