2v2+2 End Line Game

By Alex Trukan

The 2v2+2 game is designed to develop anaerobic power altogether with dribbling and ball control skills. Relatively small space and constant pressure requires the players in possession to look for space and adjust by quick movement with and without the ball.

Set up and directions
Organise a rectangle of approximately 15x20 m. Divide the team into three teams of two. Two teams play in the middle area and two remaining players are positioned one on each side as shown on the diagram. The aim of the team in possession is to dribble through the opposite end line, which is defended by the other team.


The game starts by coach playing the ball into attacking team, which tries to attack the line on the opposite end of the pitch. There should be couple of spare balls prepared to supply if needed.


In order to achieve that, players can combine as a two and use movements of the ball to create space. From the physical point of view, that will require anaerobic fitness as both players are under constant pressure.


Another solution includes using individual dribbling skills in order to create advantage and progress beyond the end line.


Outside players can be used to play one-two’s, what will place additional physical demand on the attacking players to make forward runs. Outside players are only allowed one touch.

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The duration of each game should be between 1-3 min. That should be repeated 6-10 times in 2 series. The rest between repetitions lasts 1-3 min. and between series – 4 min.

  • Variations:
    2v2+1 (one neutral player floating inside the square)
    2v3 (attacking when outnumbered)

By Alex Trukan, Development Coach, Nottingham Forest

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