Soccer 4v2 Finishing Game Training Drill

4v2 Finishing Game

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 5+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 5-10 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Attacking

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • 1 goal with goalie
  • endzone (10-20yds deep)
  • good supply of cones
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • play 4v2
  • the attacking team can score by shooting from outside the endzone (no-go zone)
  • the defending team tries to prevent the other team from scoring
  • if the ball goes out of bounce or a goal is scored one player from the attacking players feeds in a
  • new ball from the opposite side of the goal
  • switch roles after 4-8 minutes


  • play 3v2, 4v3, 5v3, 5v2 etc.
  • the defending team must try to pass to a target player outside the grid once they have possession
  • shots on goal can only be taken first touch
  • attackers must connect three passes before they can score
  • limit number of touches for the attackers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an
  • quick finish
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication


  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass (deny turn, deny penetration)
  • tracking – recovery runs
  • changing role of pressure and cover
  • delay and channel

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