Players work on defensive fundamentals in a 3-on-3 setting.

3 vs 3 with Small Goals Defensive Soccer Drill
This drill pits 3 defenders against 3 attackers.


Mark off two fields that are approximately 15 yards wide by 20 yards long. Put a small goal at each end.


  1. Play three on three soccer with the focus on defensive technique.

Coaching Tips

  • Tell players “don’t stab” at the ball.
  • Also, remind them to remain “goalside” when defending. 
  • Defender should move quickly to the ball. Then slow down quickly.
  • He or she should also defend at an angle to make dribbling difficult.