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2 vs 2 with double course

2 vs 2 with double course

  • 8 markers
  • 6 cones
  • 2 poles
  • 1 goal
  • 2 vests
  • sufficient balls to ensure continuity
  • Playing Area: 30x30 meters
  • Players: 8 + 1 goalkeepers
  • Duration: 12 minutes
  • Series: 4 attack series for each pair of players
Summary Secondary Objectives
Improve defensive positioning in 2 vs 2 dynamic situations
Feints and tricks, Losing your marker, Shooting, Positioning, Goal defense, Improvisation, Depth

Create a 10x10 meters square (indicated by "D" in the figure) about 12 meters distant from a regulatory goal (as shown in figure ). Within the square place two defenders without the ball, with two vests (green in figure), while goalkeeper defends the goal. Form two identical courses on the sides of the square ("A" and "B" in the figure), consisting of 4 markers, a pole and a cone as shown in Figure. Place on a circuit about 15 meters long the 4 markers and the cone in line ( place the cone to approximately 3 meters from the last small cone), while the pole is set approximately 1 meter and a half from the cone, laterally respect to the line. The strikers start with the ball from the first small cone, in pairs, one on each course. The other players wait in line for their turn.

  • On coach signal players with the ball start simultaneously and face the course in dribbling
  • Markers have to be crossed by controlling the ball in zig-zag
  • Once in proximity of the last small cone the players controlling the ball avoid the pole and finish the course at the cone, coming then back towards the square



  • At this point, the coach gives a signal, indicating a line ("B" in the example)
  • The player of the line “A” performs a pass to the coach and runs at full speed in the square
  • The player of the line chosen by the coach ("B") enters dribbling and trying to shoot at goal, engaging a 2 vs 2 with the defenders and the teammate of the opposite line
  • After goal the strikers replace the defenders inside the square


  1. Insert only one defender in the square, turning the exercise into a 2 vs. 1
  2. Change the courses by placing small hurdles or poles to train coordination skills, place the ball at the end of the circuit
  3. Increase or reduce the field sizes according to players capability
Coaching Points
  • Pay attention to the position of the defenders during the exercise, shoulders should always be turned towards the goal
  • Strikers must score as soon as possible
  • Technical (or coordinative) courses should be performed at maximum intensity
  • Exercise aims to focus on defensive positioning in 2 vs. 2 dynamic situations

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