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In threes attackers can work together to win the ball back high up the pitch and have a better chance of scoring from where they won the ball

Coaching Objectives

Working in threes it is all about keeping shape in the press and reacting to the passing and movement of the opposition. 


Drill Setup

  • 15 Mins
  • 11 Players
  • 2 Goals
  • 3 Bibs
  • 40 x 30 y

What the Players Do

Players work in three teams of 3 with one team defending and two teams attacking.

Work with one team of three on the halfway line and the other two teams working from the two goals. The keeper passes to the team of three and they must make three passes then pass to the team at the opposite end. The defending team tries to win the ball, if a pass is made they go to the opposite end and try to win the ball there. IF the defending team wins the ball they attack the nearest goal and if they score they then attack the goal at the other end.

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Coaching Tips


It is important to make sure when the players are attacking their body is positioned so they are balanced and facing the goal ready to receive and when shooting the supporting foot should be next to the ball and players should not be leaning back when they shoot.

Ball Control

Try to move the ball quickly, using a maximum of one or two touches.

Try to get players to use one touch passing and only to depend on a second touch when they have to control a poor pass.

When we make the pass between the lines to the attackers it should be a firm pass.

Players should learn when to control the ball and slow the play down and when to play one-touch to speed the play up.

Passing Technique

Timing of the pass is key to how the player receives the ball whether a through ball for the player to run on to or a switch of play.

Speed of play is important for receiving and passing. Good passing helps players to control the ball and make decisions easier.


Modify the Session

Make the attacking team one or two touch or if the defending team keeps winning the ball lock one defender to the halfway line in a pass blocking role.

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Written By

Dave Clarke

FA & UEFA B qualified coach, a pioneer of online soccer coaching at Soccer Coach Weekly. Sports journalist for the Sunday Mirror published author of several volumes of coaching books & international lecturer on soccer.

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