3v3, one goal


3v3Game Rules

A normal 3-a-side game in an area approximately 30 yards by 20 yards, except that it is played around one goal rather than two.

Emphasize shooting at goal at the earliest opportunity.

Players combine to create goal-scoring opportunity.

Team in the dark uniforms can score only from the left side of the field, and team in white only from the right side.

Re-start game with a throw-in any time the ball goes out of bounds.

When goalkeeper makes a save from one team, he throws the ball into the opposing half of the field.

Player Objectives

To take early shots from within shooting distance of the goal.

To provide support for the player with the ball.

Across the line

Across the LineImproves dribbling, ball control and communication

Two teams play soccer on a field without goals. A point is scored when a player dribbles the ball over and stops the ball within three feet of the end line.


“Push the ball into space” – move ahead into open space.

“Keep control of the ball” – when crossing the line.

“Pass the ball if a teammate is open for a pass” – passing is more efficient than dribbling.

“If you can’t dribble forward, look to pass the ball backward” – use this game to teach players the concept of support.


Harder: Stop the ball on the end line for a point.

Easier: Vary the field size. Wider field makes it easier for the offensive team.

Make smaller teams (2 vs. 2 or even 1 vs. 1). Winning team stay on.

Anatomy dribbling

anatomy dribblingFocus: Dribbling, quick reaction

Area: 10 yard square

Players: Any number

Equipment: One ball for each player

Formation: Players dribble freely inside the square.

Procedure: While players dribble, coach calls out a body part such as “left foot”. Players put that part of the body on the ball as quickly as possible. Let anticipation build between calls. Body parts can include hand, elbow, shoulder, nose, ear, knees, buns, etc.


1) Use two or more parts, such as “nose, right elbow and left knee”.

2) For older players, include combinations that require teamwork such as “two left hands” or “six right feet and three knees”.


5 pass game

Improves passing and receiving skills while encouraging players to find space.

  • Split players into 2 even teams (play 4 vs 4 up to 7 vs 7)
  • Mark a large grid with cones (approximately 40 yards x 30 yards)
  • A neutral player is placed at each end of the field.
  • To score a goal, a team must make 5 or more consecutive passes to teammates and then must make the 6th pass to one of the neutral players without the ball being touched by the opposition.
  • After 5 consecutive passes are completed, the players from that team may pass to either neutral player to score, no need to alternate between neutral players.
  • A player (team) does not get credit for a pass if the ball is passed back to the player
    from which it came. (But they still keep possession and play continues)
  • Any time a team is dispossessed of the ball before completing 5 passes, the opposition starts at pass #1.
  • Once the neutral player receives the pass that counts as the goal he/she must pass
    the ball first time (one touch pass) to the same team that scored the goal and that
    team begins play again at pass #1.


Coaching Points

Players keep their heads up, know where your teammates are and pass to the open player.

Play quickly

Teammates must support the player receiving the pass

  • A minimum of 2 players give close support options
  • A minimum of 1 player gives long support
  • Thus spreading the defenders and opening the field

Players make runs to open space to receive passes

Make quick (change of speed) runs to get open to receive a pass.

(Don’t be a Johnny Jogger) who always jogs the same speed and is easy to defend.

Competition, Variations & Restrictions:

Play games to 5 and losing team does 5 jumping jacks

Restrict players in the grid to 2 touches … if a player touches the ball 3 times they lose possession of the ball.

Restrict players to 1 touch soccer.