• Raffaele Tomarchio

Training 2v1 Attacking Situations

The 2v1 situation represents the basic starting point in developing team play for players U8 to U10. Compared to the 1v1, it is a more complex situation, with different elements for players to consider.

From the cognitive point of view, this situation is the basic form of team play.

It introduces the concept of cooperation and two important technical and tactical elements: Passing and Support.

i)Passing is the technique used by two or more players to transmit the ball to each other. Although there are different ways to pass the ball, there are two types of passing that we should consider with young players:

1) Passing to keep possession

2) Passing into Space to advance the ball

When passing the ball to keep possession, the player receiving the ball does not make any movement to space, communicating that he/she wants the ball to feet.

When passing to space, the player receiving the ball, makes a movement into space. He must communicate to the player in possession of the ball, his intention to receive the ball in his running path so that he can gain proper control of it. A good pass must be accurate, with good pace, and timed perfectly.

ii) Support is the ability of a player to move and get in the correct position to receive the ball. Knowing how to pass the ball, and getting in a good position to receive it, goes hand on hand for successful attacking play. In the 2v1 situation, players are stimulated in solving the various problems presented by the activity, and to make the correct decisions to solve them.

2v1 Training

When designing a training exercise, the coach must follow the proper coaching methodology:

  • The exercise should be designed with a clear objective in mind (see list below)

  • Set up the exercise. The coach should set up the area where the exercise is going to take place,

  • Explain the exercise to the players (demo) Players need to understand what are the requirements and rules of the exercise. Explanations should be simple and concise with a possible demonstration.

  • Allow enough time to practice it (repetitions) Players must have enough time to practice a particular exercise (lots of repetitions)

  • Use the proper progressions. From simple to complex, time pressure, handicaps.

  • Provide demonstrations (ask questions)

  • Evaluate the exercise (See what works, make the proper adjustments if needed, make corrections)

The following video deals with some of the key factors a coach must keep in mind when training 2v1 attacking situations


#Zonedefending #SoccerTactics #soccertactics #SoccerCoachingDevelopment