Progression Game: 3v3 + 1 to 2v2 in the Final Third

  • Organisation

    • 4 cones

    • Mark a square at the halfway line (see graphic)

  • Process

    3 attackers and 1 neutral player will play against 3 defenders in the marked square.

    After completing four passes, the attacking players can leave the field by playing a final pass outside of the square.

    The attacking players will then play a 3v2 sequence against the 2 waiting defenders and will try to score or create a chance.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Use the additional player in the red square for quick passes and creating consistent passing triangles

    • In the 3v2 sequence, try to be direct in speed and passing to create a goal-scoring opportunity within 10 seconds

    • Defenders cover spaces in behind, drop, and block passing lanes

Training Set

Main point


20 min


U13, U23+


Passing, Dribbling


One on one, One On One, Quick transitioning (defense to offense), Man down/Man up

General Training Goals


Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

9 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Whole team


1 goalie


Defensive behaviors, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field, Penalty box

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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