3v2 Soccer Drills: Improve Angles of Support and Decision Making Skills
It’s easy to get caught up in the usual soccer drill topics; passing, finishing and possession drills are what you’ll see at most training sessions.
There are however smaller focused drill topics you can add to your arsenal of drills to really get the most out of your players.
One of those topics is 3v2.
3v2 soccer drills are drills are mainly (but not always) used to help attackers make the most of player number advantage quickly by;
- Focusing on the runs of attackers
- The angle in which these attackers support the play
- Decision making (Shooting vs Passing)
- Positional and game awareness
Below I have listed various different 3v2 soccer drills that can adapted and progressed depending on the needs of your players. Take each session as you wish and feel free to play around with the setup.
3v2 Drills: Key Coaching Points
There are a few coaching points to keep in mind when coaching 3v2 scenarios;
- Attack quickly – penetrate and make decision quick to take advantage of the extra player
- Use first touch appropriately; be aware of the space to attack
- Use the right selection of pass: short vs long range passing
- Effective and efficient decision making
- Quick and effective transition from defense to attack and back to defense again if necessary
3v2 Soccer Drills
3v2 to 3v3 Balance Play
Setup starts with 6 players in play – 3 on each team. To make the drill as realistic as possible use a keeper. On the opposite end of the pitch place two portable soccer goals.
To start this drill, the goalkeeper takes control by playing the ball out to one of the attackers (reds). The reds attack in a 3v2 advantage.
After a given amount of time (10 seconds / 3 passes etc) the 3rd defender on the outside comes into support the defending team in a 3v3 situation.
If the defending team win the ball they can use either goal on the opposite side to score in.
This is a great drills to encourage your team to counter attack and take advantage of the additional player. The play starts with 3 attackers (whites) against 2 defenders (Reds).
Once the ball becomes ‘dead’ either by whites scoring or missing the white player who takes the final shot becomes a lone defender and must now defend in a 2v1 sceario against the 2 red players.
When the play is finished by either a goal being scored or the ball becoming dead, the next group of players come in.
Attackers are not allowed to shoot until they have passed the half way
Drop Back 3v2
Setup 4 small goals – two either side of the playing area. Split your group into 3 teams of 3.
To start the drill, the coach plays the ball in from the side into the middle 3 players.
Whatever team is defending, 1 player drops back so that a 3v2 scenario can play out.
If the attacking team score, the coach throws in another ball and they now attack the opposite end.
If the attacking team fails to score they rotate with one of the defending teams.
When I coach using this setup I usually split the drill timing into 2 parts; 1st part involves playing the drill out and stopping the play when I feel it’s relevant to coach some key points.
Second, I add a bit of competition by setting a target and having each team play off against each other to see which team can score the most consecutive goals without being replaced.
Hold Up 3v2
This drill is more suitable if you have a larger group of players to work with. Setup 2 smaller goals one side of the pitch with a bigger goal and keeper the opposite side. Split you group into 2 teams – attackers and defenders and replicate the same starting positions as per the diagram.
The drill starts with the Coach playing the ball into the central forward player.
This attacker must hold the ball up and wait for the two other attackers coming into play to support the attack. If the defenders win the ball the can score in either one of the smaller goal
Again this is another great drill if you’re coaching a bigger group of players. Split your group into 3 teams in this example we have; Reds, Blues and Whites.
Place 2 teams either side of the pitch and place the last team in-between each team in the middle. The middle players are neutrals or ‘magic players’ and dictate the play.
The drill starts by 1 neutral playing the ball into another player on his team. Once the 2nd neutral player receives the ball they pick a team in which to pass the ball too.
Whatever team he chooses becomes the attacking team and forms a 3v2 situation using the neutral player as the 3rd player.