Outdoor Training Sessions | Attacking: 2 vs 1

Training - Attacking 2 vs 1

Standard warm-up (5–10 min/hr)


This warm-up drill should be used at the beginning of all the sessions, including this  session. This warm-up is designed to:

  • Start the practice with some light activity for the players.
  • Improve the player’s skill handling the ball.
Field setup and video

Place cones to form a rectangular-box shape. The box should be big enough to gives players room to move but not too big that the players cannot see each other or they cannot hear your calls.  For example with 10 players,  create a box approximately 20 by 30 yards. This box will be used for the entire training session.

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Balls: One per player.

Player dribbles ball around within box using all sides of both feet and then does one of the following moves called out by the coach for a few seconds. Then coach calls out to dribble  before calling next move.

  • Toe tapPlayer quickly taps bottom of toes on top of ball alternating between right and left foot. Hide
  • ShufflePlayer passes ball between the feet while lifting legs and jumping slightly. Hide
  • Step overWithout moving the ball the player steps over ball to the right with the right foot and then steps over the ball to the left with the left foot. Hide
  • Circle right or left with inside of footUsing the inside of one foot, the player moves the ball clockwise with left foot or counterclockwise with right foot. Hide
  • Circle right or left with outside of footUsing the outside of one foot, the player moves the ball clockwise with right foot or counterclockwise with left foot. Hide
  • Roll ballStanding behind or beside the ball, the player rolls the ball forward, left or right using the bottom of foot. Hide
  • PullbackPlayer dribbles ball forward a couple of steps and then pulls the ball back with bottom of right foot while turning 180 degrees. Player then dribbles a couple of steps and pulls ball back with bottom of left foot while turning 180 degrees. Hide
  • Shield ballUsing a combination of the circle left or right and the pullback with right foot or left, player moves forward and back in a half circle  to shield the ball from a pretend opponent. Leave it up to the player, but the player should be encouraged to use the weaker foot an equal amount of time as the stronger foot. Hide

Option. To add some fun to the drill, get the players to count the number of times they do each move and have them call out their score to create a bit of competition.

Coaching points

Encourage the players to:

  • Keep the ball close to maintain control.
  • Move as quickly as possible.
  • Keep their head up as much as possible.
  • When applicable, use both feet and use both sides of the foot.

Technique (10–12 min/hr)


The purpose of this drill is to develop the technique of performing a give-and-go pass with a teammate.

Field setup and video

Setup three cones in a triangle approximately 5 yards apart at one end of the field and a goal at the other end.

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Balls: All balls with the group lining up nearest the end line.

  1. Divide players into two groups and have group 1 line up on the left side of the triangle and group 2 line up on the top side.
  2. Move all the balls to group 1.
  3. On “Go!”, the first player in group 1 makes a pass to the first player in group 2 and runs towards the goal for return pass.
  4. The group 2 player receiving the pass controls the ball and then makes a lead pass to the group 1 player.
  5. The group 1 player receives the pass and dribbles or makes a light shot through the goal.
  6. The group 2 player then moves to the back of the group 1 line.
  7. The group 1 player retrieves the ball, dribbles around the outside of the field, gives the ball back to group 1, and then moves to the end of the group 2 line.

Option: To add some fun, have the players keep track of the number of goals they score.

Coaching points
  • Pass ball to feet for first pass, and to space for second pass.
  • Make contact with centre of ball, and use appropriate weight and accuracy for each pass.
  • Player receiving first pass can start by taking two touches (i.e., control and then pass) but try to progress to one touch.

Skill (10–12 min/hr)


This drill continues the work on developing the skill of making a give-and-go pass by introducing a defender.

Field setup and video

Remove the cone triangle and add a goal to the end without a goal.

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Balls: Coach keeps and feeds in the balls one at a time.

  1. Have group 1 or 2 from the Technique drill put on pinnies and have half the group line up in one corner beside a goal and the other half line up in the other corner beside the same goal.
  2. Have group 2 line up in the far corner.
  3. On “Go!”, the coach passes across the field to the group 1 player while the other group 1 player runs forward waiting for a pass and as the defender from group 2 tries to take the ball away from passer.
  4. The objective is to complete a give-and-go pass or other pass around the defender and score a goal.
  5. If a goal is scored or the coach says “Next!”, the ball is returned to the coach and the group 1 players move to the other group 1 line and the group 2 player moves to the back of the group 2 line.
  6. After three rotations, have the group 2 players switch with the group 1 players and start with the ball three times.
Coaching points
  • The ball carrier should attack space and decide when to dribble or when to pass.
  • The supporting player should provide good angle and distance of support to ball carrier.
  • Use give-and-gos and/or overlapping runs to move ball past defender and create scoring opportunity.

Small-sided game: Switch (20–25 min/hr)


The purposes of the small-sided games are to:

  • Let the players have some fun. Most players prefer to play a game to doing drills.
  • Give the players an opportunity to practice what they have learned.
  • Get the players ready to play a real game against another team.
Field setup and video

Remove any cones from inside the box and convert or make sure the end lines  have three goals.

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Balls: Coach keeps and feeds in balls one in at a time.

  1. Divide the players into two teams and have one team put on the pinnies.
  2. Divide each team into two groups.
  3. For each team, have half the team move into positions inside the playing field and the other half line up along their end line.
  4. On “Go!”, have one team start with the ball and try to get the ball into the other team’s goal.
  5. At appropriate intervals, such as when a goal is scored or the ball goes off the side, tell the players to switch. On “Switch”, the inside players move to the end line and the end line players move into the field. When necessary, to keep the game moving, the coach feeds new ball in to restart game.
  6. On restarts, use “Go!” and defenders can’t move until the first pass is received.
Coaching points
  • Help the players make the right decision on when to dribble, pass, and change direction.
  • This is where the following teaching techniques are used most: Direct command; Question and answer; Guided discovery.
  • Let the players play to get a flow going and give them a feel for a game situation, but look for opportunities to stop the play and teach them what they did wrong or right using one of the teaching techniques.