3v3 + 1 neutral Player

  • Organisation

    • 2 goals (with goalkeepers)

    • 10 cones

    • 7 field players

    • Size of field depends on age and number of players available

  • Process

    Two teams will play a 3v3 game with one neutral player that is always part of the team in possession.

    The neutral player cannot be attacked by the other players but to keep the intensity high, it would be good if he would be limited to 2-3 touches.

    The other six field players have 3 touches (2 touches also possible).

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Use the additional player (+1) for quick passing combinations

    • Defending team: Stay tight and block passing lanes (spaces in behind)

Training Set

Main point


25 min


U13, U12


Passing, Shot technique/shooting, Ball control


Defensive/Offensive play, Man down/Man up


Soccer-specific endurance

General Training Goals


Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

9 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Advanced, Beginner

Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders, Goalie, Whole team


2 goalies


Defensive behaviors, Goalkeeper behaviors, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Indoor, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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