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3v3 Shoot Out


  • To create fun goalkeeping situations that require good diving technique.

  • To develop "smart" teamwork.


  • To outscore the opposition.


  • Set up two goals 8-yards apart (use full sized goal or cones, but make the width of the goals 8-yards).

  • Put in a center line.

  • Play 2 v 2 or 3 v 3.

  • Players are restricted to their half of the field.

  • Ball must be rolled (and later thrown) at the goal from the other half.

  • Goals only count if they are on the ground (later below waist height, below shoulder height, etc.).

  • Everyone is a goalkeeper.



  • Don't be afraid of adjusting the field and goal size if you find it is too big or two small for the players.

  • After receiving the ball, encourage a quick counter attack to catch the opposition out of position.

  • The defending team should consider putting one player up towards the center line to block the direct throw at goal.

  • On the other hand, it helps to have two players on the goal line (big decisions in 2 vs. 2, OK if is 3 vs. 3).

  • If the path for the throw at goal is blocked by an opponent at the half-way line, a team-mate should support the player with the ball so the ball can be thrown to a team mate who then throws for goal (if the other team has not got the block on).

  • Attacking team may need to keep throwing the ball to one another in their own half to make a clear opening for a throw at goal.

  • Good communication and quick adjustments of position make this an energetic and fun game.


  • Encourage the teams to play “tactically,” e.g., one-blocker, two line keepers.

  • Rule: must rotate the blocker after each goal.

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