Attacking Play 1v1, 2v2, 3v2

By Sean Reed -

For this session we are focusing on attacking play 1v1, 2v2 and 3v2, but due to multiple outcomes other aspects such as defending can also be addressed

Set Up – Part 1
• Working in one half of the pitch
• Depending on the number of players available you can introduce another pitch or have players resting and rotating
• The area is 3-5yds inside the width of the area and split in two. See diagram 1
• 1x GK, 2x Defenders, 2x Attackers and 2x Servers
• The game starts as a 1v1. The restricted area starts outside the 18yd box, but once in the area is free play
• The coach plays into one of the servers who then plays a pass to the 2nd server and then plays into one of the attacking players. This then becomes a 1v1 attacking situation
• Once that has finished, they then play to the other side

In the build up, the first pass into an attacking player can be set back to the server and then played into the other attacking player. See diagram 1

• Players can rotate positions so everyone gets a chance to serve, attack and defend

Set – Up – Part 2
• This part of the session progresses to a 2v2. See diagram 2
• The middle cones are removed to join both areas together
• The same build up as with the 1v1 starting with the servers
• An offside line is introduced to encourage players to time their runs and for the defenders to manage their line

Set – Up – Part 3
• This part of the session progresses to a 3v2. See diagram 3
• The same build up as with the 1v1 & 2v2 starting with the servers
• Once one of the serving players have played into the attacking player the 2nd server can then join in to create a 3v2. See diagram 3

For part 2 & part 3 is to include a time restriction to encourage quick play.

Some Coaching Points
• Initial movement to create space to get on the half turn
• Positive facing up the defender
• Manage your own space and the space in behind the defending player
• Timing forward runs
• Creating space for each other
• Creating 1v1 or 2v1 opportunities
• Playing on angels
• Playing safe side
• Tempo of play, changing up to catch out defending players
• End product on goal

By Sean Reed
Former First Team Coach of Championship team Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

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