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3 vs 2 - Receive, orienting and developing in depth or width

3 vs 2 - Receive, orienting and developing in depth or width

  • 4 markers
  • 3 cones
  • 2 vests
  • 1 goal
  • sufficient balls to ensure continuity
  • Playing area: 40x25 meters
  • Players: 5
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Series: 3 series of 4 minutes width 1 minute of passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Simplified game 3 vs 2 with the aim of passing to depth or width according with the teammates or opponents movements
First touch, Oriented control, Losing your marker, Pass, Finishing, Positioning, Goal defense, Pass and move, Creating width and depth, Improvisation, Depth, Read the intentions

Place a goal inside the playing area. About 25 meters away from the goal a line of 3 cones spaced10 meters apart with the central cone a back a meter. Place a player (A, B and C) near each cone. Player A starts with the ball. About 7 meters in front of player A, place the defender D. Create a weaving path side to the side near the goal using the 4 markers. Defender E stays at the beginning of the path. The goalkeeper defends the goal.

  • The exercise starts with a rapid series of passes between the players A, B and C
    1. A passes to B
    2. B passes back to A
    3. A passes to C
    4. C passes back to A
    5. A passes to defender D in front of him
    6. Defender D passes back to A while defender E starts running through the weaving path.



  1. Defender D moves defending actively on striker A while defender E after the weaving path moves to support the teammate closing a possible pass line to striker B or C (C in the figure)

  2. Player A performs an oriented control towards the free teammate (B in the figure) and together with B and the other teammate (C) moves to attack the goal 3 vs 2



  • After each action the three strikers swap their starting positions

Coaching Points
  • The striker A with the ball has always to choose rapidly the best solution to create effective actions
  • Don't stay on the same line to ensure balance
  • Give always 2 options to the ball carrier
  • Rapidity and cooperation with movements with or without the ball
  • Players after passing have to move offering to receive the ball again
  • Give priority to passes forwards or in the same line in order to gain space
  • Stay put only for a tactical reason
  • The 2 players without the ball can change position vertically or horizontally

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