Soccer drill to practise losing a marker

There's nothing worse than having your toes bruised by a tight marker, who wins the ball every time a pass is sent your way. Use the following soccer drill to coach players in the skills of losing a marker so they can receive a pass.

In this soccer drill you need to tell your players to move in one direction, then quickly double-back to lose the defender and create space to receive a pass.

How to organise the drill

  • Use a whole pitch for partner work.

  • Use a 30 x 30 yard area for the 2 v 1/3 v 2 work, with one goal and a goalkeeper.

In pairs

Arrange your players into pairs.

One player acts as a defender and one acts as an attacker. Get one player to make a movement away from where he wants to receive the ball, then immediately make a sharp double-back movement into the space where he wants to receive it.

For example, get your players to make a sharp movement to the right, taking the defender with them, before changing direction and making space to receive on the left and vice versa.

Extend the soccer drill to make it 2 v 1

Now add a passing player. When the pass is made, the ball is live and the two attackers must combine to complete the move by creating a goal-scoring opportunity.

3v2 soccer drill to help players practise the skills for losing a marker

Soccer drill becomes a 3 v 2

Add an extra attacker and defender so that 2 v 1 becomes 3 v 2.

Soccer coaching tips


Improve your soccer training skills. Sign up for a FREE weekly email, full of simple proven tips, advice and drills.

"I look forward to every issue because it is concise and filled with great information. In times like this, with very busy schedules, it is invaluable. I highly recommend it."
Victor Gascon, Coach, USA







Please note that Better Soccer Coaching takes your privacy very seriously. We will never rent or sell your email address to any third party.






Get our FREE weekly coaching tips email






Receive GREAT coaching tips to help you become
a better soccer coach, straight to your inbox!

Please note that Better
Soccer Coaching
takes your privacy very seriously. We will never rent or sell your email address to any third party

Find out more

Recommended:





Proud Corporate Member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America