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Football Drills – Creating Space in Triangles


This is a football training session to help players to pass, move, create space and switch play in triangles for use by FA Level 1, 2, and UEFA B level coaches.


To assist players with playing and creating space in triangles. Players will have to play with their heads up, be aware of space, think one step ahead and communicate with each other to be successful in this practice. 


  • Area marked out with cones – suggest that the area is quite small to start with, but if players find it too difficult, make it bigger
  • Supply of balls, Bibs
  • Two teams of 3 players, one ball per team.
  • Team are restricted to their grid and must pass and move within their grid area.
  • After 3 or more passes, the teams must swap balls by passing the ball across the grid. 

Key Coaching Principles:

  • Good passing and movement to find spaceCreating space in triangles.
  • Head up to see team mates and the other team
  • Encourage the players to keep a triangle shape and keep their space with their movement
  • Keep passing simple
  • Good communication
  • Encourage rotational movement
  • Timing and accuracy of passing
  • Timing of the pass to switch play and swap balls
  • Decisions on control and pass or first time pass 


  • For older players condition to one touch passing when possible
  • Make area bigger to encourage different passing techniques
  • Introduce a passive defender in each grid area to make it 3 v 1, progressing to 4 v 2 and 5 v 3

These football drills were designed for FA level 1 and 2 and UEFA B coaches using the ‘Coaches Chalkboard’ on Grass Roots Coaching, the easy to use football coaching software. It allows you to design and share 3D football animations that you can create yourself in minutes thanks to its easy to use features. Help your players and other coaches grow in their abilities by creating new tactics and football drills that can be easily viewed and taken in. have launched a new FREE football coaching initiative, the Grass Roots Coaches club. Why not join and be able to design your own football coaching sessions with Coaches Chalkboard: Access lots of pre designed Coaches Chalkboard sessions by our UEFA “A” qualified coach and watch coaching videos and 3D animated football coaching drills. To join for FREE, click here.


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