#In possession

One‑two passing

Ramiro Amarelle, 08 Mar 2023


This attacking exercise works on one‑two passing – a key move in both association football and beach soccer. The aim of the exercise is to work on both one-two passing (with a one‑ or two‑touch return pass) and finishing.


  • The exercise requires 8 outfield players and 2 goalkeepers. 

  • Use the full pitch and both goals.

  • Set up a ball station on the touchline to the right of each goalkeeper, level with the edge of the penalty area.

  • Place a goalkeeper in each goal, a player at each ball station, a supporting attacker in each penalty area and the remaining players in a queue at each end of the imaginary halfway line (as per the graphic).


  • The goalkeeper receives a backpass from the player at the ball station and plays a long throw‑out towards the team‑mate positioned at the end of the imaginary halfway line on the opposite flank. This player controls the ball, before playing a one-two with the support player situated in the penalty area and either finishes first‑time or takes a touch to control before finishing. 

  • The goalkeepers at either end of the pitch take it in turns to play the throw‑out to alternate the direction of the attacking sequence.


  • Add a defender into the penalty area to impede the attacking players performing the one‑two.

  • Add a second defender into the penalty area to create a 2v2 situation in the final third, simulating a match scenario.

Coaching points

  •  Play well‑timed passes.

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