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3v1 - Attacking the Goal

Chris Johnson 75,014 Views Rating 3.79 (29 Reviews)

This attacking soccer drill focus on the attacking movement and composure in front of the goal. Players will become comfortable in front of the goal and will be able to recognize situational play.

Soccer Drill Diagram: 3v1 - Attacking the Goal

3v1 Attacking the Goal, Soccer Finishing Drill

This attacking soccer drill focus on the attacking movement and composure in front of the goal.
Drill Setup

  1. Designate 2-3 defenders in red to rotate 1 at a time every 2-3 attacks.
  2. Players create 3 lines (left, center, right) about 20-25 yards from the goal. 
  3. Place a keeper in the goal. 
  4. The ball should start with the center player.
Drill Instructions

  1. The center player starts with the ball and 1 player from each group attacks the defender (playing 3v1). 
  2. The attackers put together quick and accurate passes to off balance the defender and keeper in an attempt to score. 
  3. Rotate defenders after 2-3 attacks.
Drill Variations

  • Limit touches to 1 or 2 touch
  • Add a 2nd defender
Drill Coaching Points

  • Make sure passes are quick and to feet
  • Find back-side players to off-balance the defenders
  • Be patient, and if the attackers get in trouble, they should knock it back to the center player to swing the play in the other direction
  • Play QUICK. If the play is too slow, the ball is considered dead, and the next group begins.
  • Outside attackers should attempt to draw the defender and keeper into them, and slide the ball backside to the open player.

  • Disc Cones
  • Pinnies
  • Soccer Balls
  • Full Size Goal
Drill Ages

  • 7 Years Old and Under
  • 8 Years Old and Under
  • 9 Years Old and Under
  • 10 Years Old and Under
  • 11 Years Old and Under
  • 12 Years Old and Under
  • 13 Years Old and Under
  • 14 Years Old and Under
  • 15 Years Old and Under
  • 16 Years Old and Under
  • 17 +
Soccer Drill Focus

  • Dribbling - Soccer Dribbling Drills
  • Passing - Soccer Passing Drills
  • Possession - Soccer Possession Drills
  • Attacking - Soccer Attacking Drills
  • Goalkeeping - Soccer Goalkeeping Drills

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