Never-ending Triangles

  • Organisation

    Make 3 triangles using 9 cones (see graphic). Three players start at the starting cone of each triangle. 2 players start at each of the other cones.

  • Process

    Player A starts the drill by passing on the ground to B. He, having made a short, dynamic dummy move away from the ball before receiving it, lays the ball back to A who has followed his pass.

    When B lays off the ball C begins his dummy run away from the ball.

    The following moves take place simultaneously: C leaves his starting position and sprints towards D. Player A passes the laid off ball from B in space for C to run onto who then passes on to D.

    Player B sprints at the same time sprints to the start postion of C and takes over his former position. A takes up the position of B.

    This cycle remains the same and, ideally, should remain the same until the end of the drill.

    The pass sequence is always: long ball, lay off, vertical pass. The order of the runs is always the same. The passer (of the long ball) runs (after the one-two) vertically onto the next cone. The player, who lays the ball off, runs around the triangle.

  • Tip

    - 9 cones.

    - Start by running the drill slowly and then speed up. The receiver should always make a small, dynamic dummy run away from the ball before receiving the ball. The drill can be extremely tiring when conducted quickly with only 7 players.

    - This can be a very challenging passing drill, due to the large amount of running.

    - Under time pressure, this drill is very game realistic.

    - The reciever should call for the ball.

    - Pass and run timing is important

    - Players often run faster than their pass.

    - Pass precision is more important than pass speed.

  • Field size

    24 x 24m

  • Cone margins

    The distance between the cones within the riangle is 6 meters. The three inner cones of the triangles are 12 meters apart.


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

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


Speed of movement off the ball, Explosiveness, Speed of movement with ball, Fitness program, Variable intervals, Speed endurance

Strength [Strength endurance, Power & Speed]


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

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis, Progression


U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 09, Under 8, Under 13, Under 12, Under 11, Under 10, U 07 (6-7 years)]


30 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [2 players, 4 players, 5 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players, 7 players, 8 players]

> 10 players [10 players]

Form of Training:

Training in pairs, Group training, Individual training, Team training

Participating Players:

Whole team


Offensive behaviors, Stress training, Alone training, Training for fun, Groups

Skill Level:

Professional, Advanced, Beginner

Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field

Training Location:

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

Author: Christian Titz

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