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Afl Practice Drills > 3-on-2 with Midfield Help

Focus
Skills under pressure, Defensive, Contested ball, Decision Making, Run & Carry, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Tackle, Shepherd, Crumb.
Purpose
Using the advantage of extra numbers around the contest, players must find a way to work the ball to a free player, who provides the releasing kick. A classic 3-on-2 break from defence, with the additional support of a shadowed midfielder.
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Players
18+
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Ages
13+
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Balls
1
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Cones
6
distance
Distance (max)
110m
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Opp. tops
5
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Visible opposition strip: 5
  • Setup

    Assign 1 midfielder as (A) and 1 defender to shadow that player. Assign a pair of red defenders to guard (B), (C), (D), plus a second pair to guard (E), (F), (G). Rest of the players - even numbers behind (B to G)
  • Step 1

    (B), (C) and (D) start and run the ball out of defence with handball by making space and drawing players.
  • Step 2

    Once either (B), (C) or (D) is past the defenders, they can either find (A) with a kick or handball if that player is open, or carry the ball themself. If used, (A) can either feed the ball back to (B), (C) or (D) who are running through, or use the space themself
    (A) will be shadowed by a defender, so only use this player if open or you've drawn their defender
    (A)'s defender needs to approach the ball carrier at some stage rather than letting them run uncontested
  • Step 3

    (A) (B) (C) or (D) kicks to the player in best position out of (E) (F) and (G) in the centre. If under no pressure the middle player is the best option.
    If the kick fails to hit a leading target, this is considered a turnover.
    (A) and their defender prepare for the next contest
    (B), (C) and (D) join stations (E) (F) (G).
  • Step 4

    (E) (F) and (G) repeat the same back the other way, also harassed by 2 defenders, assisted by (A) and pressured by (A)'s defender. This time (E), (F) or (G) take a shot on goal.
  • Step 5

    Swap (A) and their defender after several efforts.
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Groups of
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8
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
1
Distance (max)
distance
15m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Run & Carry.
Skills
Shepherd, Crumb.
demo
play
video
Players
group
16+
Ages
profile
11 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
80m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square.
Skills
Handballing, Kick Long, Shepherd.
demo
play
video
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
6+
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Crumb.
Players
group
10+
Ages
profile
11 +
Balls
ball
2
Cones
cone
10
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Front & Square, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking, Fun.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kick Long, Handball Quick, Crumb.
Players
group
12+
Ages
profile
9 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
8
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square.
Skills
Kicking, Handballing, Crumb, Mark Contest.
Players
group
24+
Ages
profile
15 +
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Defensive, Contested ball, Hard Running, Decision Making, Run & Carry, Forward line delivery, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Kicking, Handballing, Tackle, Mark Contest.
Players
group
10+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
9
Distance (max)
distance
10m
Skills
Handball Quick.
Groups of
group
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12
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
90m
Focus
Defensive, Front & Square, Run & Carry, Fun.
Skills
Handballing, Crumb, Mark Contest.
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