3 V 1 Keep Away


Passing in small groups to encourage proper angles and distance of support.

Two 10 x 10 yard grids set up side by side.
Four players in each 10 x 10 grid with one ball.
Each of the four players are numbered 1-4.
Teams are distinguished with different colored bibs.


Both teams must pass the ball using one and two touch passing inside their 10×10 yard grid.  The coach must call out a number 1,2,3 or 4.  The player who is called must sprint into the opposition grid and try to win possession of the ball.  This creates a 3v1 in each grid.  The first team to win possession of the ball or clear the ball from their opponents grid is awarded a point.  The defenders must then return to their original grid to wait for the coach to call the next number.


(1)Two-touch restriction for all players.

Coaching Points:

  • Passing must be sharp and accurate – keep the ball moving.
  • Players must offer good angles and distance of support to receive passes.
  • Defenders should apply as much pressure as possible to force a high tempo.