2v1 Small-Sided Games

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity involves a series of 2 v1 attacks working on possession, penetration and scoring.

Start with a 10 x 40 grid broken into fourths. There is a 3 yard wide goal on each line (except where the attackers will start) and a defender in each goal.


The first two attackers start with a ball and as soon as they enter the grid, the defender can come forward.


The attackers can score one of two ways. If they can play the ball through the goal, they get 3 points.


If they play the ball across the end line with possession they get 1 point.


If a point (or 3 points) is earned, they continue into the next grid and that defender then plays 2 v 1.


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If the attackers score a goal on each of the 4 goals, they could get a maximum of 12 points. If the ball goes out of play, the next two attackers begin. If they defender wins the ball and can dribble across the opposite endline, the defending team gets 3 points.

The attacking groups get two attacks each (points are cumulative for the entire team) and then they switch roles with the defending team.

After each team gets their attacks they do this again with the defenders in different starting roles (this means that the first defender becomes the four defender, the second defender becomes the first defender etc).

When each player has been attacked twice from each position the team with the most points wins.

This is a great way to work on possession, penetration (crossing the lines) and going to a goal.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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