3v3 Plus 3

This drill focuses on keeping possession. Passing, receiving, movement, and angle of support can be singled out. Causes players to look up and be aware of the surrounding players.

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3v3 Plus 3


  1. Start with building a 20x20 grid. 
  2. Create 3 teams of 3. 
  3. Each team should be a different color (one team yellow, red, and white).


  1. Instruct the yellow team to be defense first. 
  2. The other two groups, red and white, are responsible for keeping possession among the 2 groups.
  3. If the defending team (yellow) wins the ball, the team who made a mistake becomes the defending team. For Example, if red has a bad first touch into the defender (yellow), then the red team would become defense, and the yellow and white teams keep possession from the red team. 
  4. Any ball played out of the grid is considered a loss of possession by that group, and that group should become defense.

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  • For lower level players, rotate the defenders every 2-3 minutes rather than automatically switching after loss of possession.
  • Adjust the size of the field to make it more or less challenging
  • Restrict the number of touches per player

Coaching Points

  • Good First Touch
  • Good Passes to Feet
  • Proper runs/angle of support
  • Facing the field

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Scrimmage Pennies/Vests
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls

Drill Target Ages

  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under
  • U17 and Older

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Soccer Drill Titled: 3v3 Plus 3
Tagged: 3v3 Plus 3
Published by: Chris Johnson
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