Soccer 4 Box Game Training Drill

4 Box Game

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • good supply of cones
  • 4 target zones (5 x 5yds)
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks 2 target zones
  • teams score by dribbling into a target zone
  • team that scores keeps possession
  • if the ball goes out of bounce the ball is dribbled back in


  • add a neutral player
  • each team defends 2 target zones opposite from each other
  • the coach nominates a certain player whose goals are awarded 3 points
  • teams can score in all zones except for the one that was scored on last
  • players must take 3 touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • switch point of attack
  • attack open space
  • take on defender
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision


  • delay and channel
  • angle and distance of cover
  • change role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication
  • positioning to provide cover and balance
  • defend vital space (squeeze toward center)
  • defend space behind
  • track players

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