Quick reactions to score

Exercise description: 

Area – 35 x 30 Two teams of players and two goalkeepers. The teams are positioned as shown in the diagram. The coach has all the balls. Start with a 3v2 then a 4v3.

1. Two yellows and three blues enter the field of play. The coach serves in the ball to the blue team. The blue team attacks 3v2 against the yellow defenders. 

The game is played until a goal is scored, the goalkeeper saves a shot or the ball leaves play. 

2. A ball is served to a wide additional yellow player who enters the field (and so does the opposite yellow player) and creates a 4v3 situation in the opposite direction. Once the 4v3 is completed. The players exit the field and a new group of 3v2 in favor of blue re-starts the game.

3. After playing a few rounds, start with the yellows player 3v2 against blues.

4. If the defending team wins the ball, they can attack.

Coaching points: Decision making. Quality passing. Utilize space and the extra player. Angles of support, movement, and Communication shot at goal – pick a target. Do not shoot the ball in the middle of the goal.

Intended outcome:

  • To help the players visualize quick reactions in the penalty area.

  • Fun

  • Goal-keeper work

  • Scoring lots of goals.

  • Improve quick play and speed of thought.

  • Improve one-touch shooting.

  • Improve team play and decision-making. When to shoot, dribble or pass?


You can start with a 4v3 if you have more players to accommodate. Then the second attack will be 5v4.

Technical / Tactical:

  • 1-2 touch mentality

  • Anticipate - See the game

  • Communication

  • Quality passing

  • First touch

  • Body shape - receive the ball on the back foot

  • Timing of your run and pass


  • Be ready to interact with teammates.

  • Communicate.

  • Applaud good play and work ethic from teammates.

  • Offer help if you understand the exercise

  • Have fun!


  • Be willing to move

  • Always work at game speed

  • Be ready to explode into space for the third player-run

  • Be ready on the balls of your feet

  • Shield the ball


  • Be ready to focus

  • Embrace failure.

  • Remember the combinations of the exercise and who is the best player to make the run.

  • Decision-making can only happen if we are open to finding answers.

  • Anticipate

Possible Performance Problems:

Players do not find the open player

Attacks are slow

The transition is not fluid.

To get the ball to an open player, you may need to pass it to another player first, so they can find the open player. Players do not think ahead.