2 on 2 - stay with the opponent, move with him and don't hand over

  • Organisation

    Four players (blue A and B defenders/ red C and D attackers) are positioned on the field according to the diagram. The ball is with player D.
  • Process

    When completing the drill: The exercise starts with a pass from player C to player D, who immediately starts to dribble forward. Simultaneously player B breaks away from his defensive position and attacks player D. A moves into the defensive position of B. Directly after his pass to D, C overlaps D. D dribbles diagonally to the left in a central position. B stays with player D. A intersects behind B and orientates himself towards player C. As soon as the player is in the penalty area, the drill is over.
  • Tip

    1 full-court goal(s), - In contrast to the exercise '2 on 2 - engage with handover' the defenders participate here in the attackers' changing of positions, as this drill takes place in a goal scoring area and 'handing over' can lead to a temporary shooting opportunity for the ball carrying attacker. - This exercise is a dry run. No tackling takes place. The primary function of the exercise is the learning of paths in soccer. - The exercise should be repeatedly trained as many times as possible (automation of movement sequences). - A precise and powerful passing game should be paid attention to. - The start signal for the counter reaction is when the passer of the ball moves to pass. - The lateral distance between the players at the starting position should consist of approximately 7-12m. The pair of players stand opposite each other with a distance of 15m between them.
  • Field size

    20 x 20 meters


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

Passing [One touch passes]

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


Four man backfield

Defensive/Offensive play [Pushing]

Games plays [Overlapping]


Speed of movement with ball

Strength [Power & Speed]


Quick decisioning, Quick anticipation

Training Set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis


U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 12, Under 13]


15 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [4 players, 5 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players]

Form of Training:

Group training, Individual training

Participating Players:

Whole team


Defensive behaviors, Groups, Offensive behaviors, Alone training

Skill Level:


Spatial Behavior:


Training Location:

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

Author: Christian Titz

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