3v1 Combination Play

  • Organisation

    • 6 cones

    • 3 bibs

  • Process

    • The goal of the drill is to eventually play the ball to the number 10, so that he can take on number 5 in a 1v1 situation.
    • One side starts the drill. If number 10 received the ball, the other side starts the drill.
    • The first pass always goes to the number 6, who can then either play with the number 2 or directly pass the ball to the number 10.
    • Number 8 tries to prevent that. If number 8 wins the ball, numbers 2,4, and 6 immediately counterpress.
    • If number 10 receives the ball, he tries to dribble past number 5's dribbling line.
    • After the 1v1, number 10 passes the ball back to number 8 and number 8 passes it furher back to number 4, who then starts the next round.
  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Number 6: If number 8 immediately applies pressure on the back, pass the ball to number 2 with the left foot
    • Number 6: If possible, take first touch to open up and the second touch to directly pass the ball into number 10
    • Number 4: Help number 6 by telling him/her his next move. For example: If number 8 does not apply a lot of pressure, tell 6 to "turn" quickly.

Training Set

Main point


20 min




Combinations, One touch passes, Short passing, Dribbling, Feinting/trick dribbling, Trapping


One on one, One On One, Simple play, Tactics, Transitional play (shifting the game)

General Training Goals


Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

11 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


Cooperation within the team, Defensive behaviors, Groups, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Half-field, Limited playing field

Training Location

Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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