Free Soccer Drills



Developing Support Play | Opposed Skill (05-P3)

Organisation / Set Up
Soccer Drill begins with the coach playing the ball into an attacking player who attacks a single defender and goal, with the support of a teammate (2 v 1 outfield). If the attacking team scores, an extra player joins in creating a 3 v 1. If defenders don’t concede they get an extra defender (2 v 2). There cannot be an overload of more than 2 players throughout the soccer practice; rotate player roles.

Developing Support Play 05P3a

Key Coaching Points
  • (Tact) Timing of forward runs to support
  • (Tech) Decision of passer to pass or dribble
  • (Psych) Recognition of space with overload v balanced numbers

Developing Support Play 05P3b


Progressions & Constraints 1
Play with a striker against the defender, different support required.


Developing Support Play 05P3c

Progressions & Constraints 2
Add time constraint, if team does not score in 5 seconds then add an additional defender.


Developing Support Play 05P3d

Progressions & Constraints 3
Final progression, if team scores they gain a player, defenders lose one.
Key Questions
  • Where is the best position to support my teammate?
  • How can I bring my teammates into play better?
  • Who are defenders staying with when overloaded? What does this mean?