3v1 keepaway

Three players try to keep the football away from one defender in a clearly defined grid. If an offensive player makes a mistake and loses the ball to the defender or if the ball goes out of the grid, he/she switches roles with the defender.


“Get open”–don’t stand there and look at the backside of the defender.

“Keep the ball moving”–pass away from the defender.

“Support the pass”–are you in or moving into a position of support.


Easier (for offensive players)

  • Make the grid larger.
  • Require defender to gain possession of the ball.
  • Add another offensive player (4v1). This variation also focuses more on passing technique than movement off the ball.


  • Require one or two touches.
  • Make the grid smaller