Soccer Four Goal Game Training Drill

Four Goal Game

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • 4 cone goals (3-4yds)
  • pinnies


  • attackers (red) defend goal with goalie and cone goals
  • defenders can score on goal with goalie or by dribbling through cone goals
  • goalkeeper can defend cone goals only with his feet and the large goal with his hands
  • 1 point for a goal on cone goal and 3 points for a goal on large goal
  • all restarts due to out of bounds, fouls, goals, are started by the goalies (no punting allowed)
  • switch roles after 5-10 minutes


  • minimum of three touches
  • if “defenders” score direction of play changes
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • switch point of attack
  • attack open space
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • vision
  • close control
  • quick finish

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