Transition Game: 3v1 to 3v2

  • Organisation

    • 4 cones

    • Form a square just before the halfway line with the cones

  • Process

    The attacking players should play four passes in the square (3v1 situation).

    The player that receives the fourth pass dribbles outside of the field and passes to one of his two teammates.

    Now, the attacking players will try to create a goal-scoring opportunity in a 3v2 attacking sequence.

    If the attacking players lose the ball, they immediately counterpress and try to win the ball back.

    But if the defenders manage to play four passes, the drill is finished.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Use additional player for quick plays (passes, combination play, dribbling) and try to create a chance within 10 seconds to make it game-realistic

Training Set

Main point


20 min


U13, U12, U11, U10, U14 - U19


Combinations, One touch passes, Wall passes


Man down/Man up

Training Organization

Number of Players

8 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Advanced, Beginner

Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders, Goalie


1 goalie


Defensive behaviors, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Free space, Half-field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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