Soccer 4 Plus 1 Training Drill

4 Plus 1

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs)(8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 5-15 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • grid (15yds x 15yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies optional


  • supporting players (grey) on the outside attempt to combine with a target player (red) in the middle
  • defending player (white & blue) in the middle tries to intercept the ball
  • switch target player in the middle if he completes 6 passes to players on the outside
  • switch defender if he intercepts 3 passes


  • vary number of supporting players
  • one touch passing for supporting players
  • limit number of touches for player in the middle
  • limit number of touches for supporting players
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • constant movement
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • first touch

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