Tin Pan Alley

The Rules

Three attackers play against two defenders in each channel in order to attempt a shot on goal.
Attackers get six attempts and then you rotate the teams including the goalkeepers.
If defenders win possession by blocking a shot they can try to play through the coned gate to score a bonus point in the event of a tie. See which defensive duo concedes the least goals.


Encourage players to defend calmly under pressure, especially when outnumbered. Concede fewer goals than opponents.

Key Skills

Delaying before making a move, working with team mates to press the ball and force it away from goal, angles and distance
from the man on the ball and blocking shots.

Set Up

Area: Two 12×40 yards channels, each with a goal atone end and a gate at the other

Players: 10 plus 2 goalkeepers

Equipment: Two goals, cones, balls

Pass-Run-Ground Covered-Dribble

Tin Pan Alley Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 1

Play 3v2 in each channel to score in the goal.


Tin Pan Alley Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 2

If defenders win possession they can attempt to score through the coned gate.


Tin Pan Alley Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 3

In an attack, the first defender contains play
whilst his team mate makes a recovery run.

What To Call Out

“Don’t dive in”
“Be patient – can you win it and get through the gate”


  • Add an offside line to work on defending higher and good communication to force the attacking team offside.
  • Begin with one attacker and defender on the goal line. An attacking player starts with the ball and must pass to a team mate. This triggers a reaction from the first defender and a recovery run from the second defender. Defender one cannot commit until defender two is back.
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