2v2+1 (2 vs. 2 plus target attacker)
This 2v2+1 soccer drill is a great situational game that focuses on numbers up attacking situations or numbers down defending situations.
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This 2v2+1 soccer drill is a great situational game that allows you to focus on number’s up attacking situations or number’s down defending situations.
- Create a grid approximately 30X40 yard grid.
- Set up a goal on one end of the grid.
- Assign a goalkeeper, a target player in red, and four defenders in yellow.
- The remaining players create two lines at the top of the grid opposite the goal.
- Start with two defenders in the middle of the grid about 18 yards from goal.
- The other two defenders are resting on the outside of the grid on both sidelines.
- Start the drill by having the goalkeeper punt a ball to the top two attackers.
- The two attackers join with the target player to form a 3v2 (2v2+1 target player) situation.
- The attackers attempt to score while the two defensive players work together to stop the attack.
- If the defenders win the ball, they should clear the ball past the line where the additional attackers are standing.
- If the defenders are successful at clearing the ball, the attacking players (minus the target player) should do ten pushups.
- If the defender attempts to clear the ball and cannot clear the ball far enough to cross the line, the attacking team continues their attack.
- Once the ball is out of play or deemed dead by the coach, the goalkeeper should punt a new ball to the next group of attackers, and two new defenders step in and become defenders.
- Play to the target player quickly without forcing the ball.
- Make sure players without the ball make good supporting runs.
- Attackers should focus on getting into situations to get a shot off quickly.
- Make sure attackers combine passes and build up the attack.
- Make sure the target player is marked, and the closest player to the ball pressures the ball.
- Make sure to maintain good defensive positioning (pressure and cover). Don’t get stuck defending side-by-side or attacked in a straight line.
- Make sure defenders work together as a group of 2.
- Good defensive posture when defending the ball.
- Disc Cones - Mini or Full-Size Disc Cones are a critical piece of equipment that every soccer coach must have in your equipment bag.
- Scrimmage Pinnies/Vests - Scrimmage vests, also called bibs or pinnies, are also another must-have in your soccer coaching equipment bag.
- Soccer Practice or Training Balls - Every player should have a soccer balls at practice to have a successful training session.
- Full Size Goal - Full Size Goal