5 v 2 to 2 v 1 Small Sided Passing and Receiving Game

The following comes from Don Herlan (Smedley). Much more like this can be found from Smedley on his site at www.smedleyssoccersite.com.

Procedure: The two teams in the central zones are playing 5 v 2. After making five passes, the attacking team can play the ball into the 2 v 1 in the end zone. From there, the two attackers finish on goal. If the defenders win the ball, they are allowed a free pass into any zone that they choose.

5 v 2 passing and receiving game

Coaching Points:

  1. Expanding the space – Attackers should use the entire width and depth of their zone.
  2. Speed of play – Play in a one and two touch rhythm and force the defenders to chase the ball.
  3. Decision making - Look for passing options BEFORE you receive. Open your stance so that you can see the entire space.


Progression 1 – The attackers must make 10 passes before playing the ball into the 2 v 1.

Regression 1 – Play 4 v 1 in the two central zones.