Soccer 4v2 Forward Pass Training Drill

4v2 Forward Pass

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • 1 goal with goalie
  • grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies


  • play 4v2 in bottom half
  • the attackers must connect 6 passes before they can pass to the forward in the endzone
  • the forward has two touches before he can finish on goal
  • one defender can enter the endzone once the pass was made to prevent the forward from scoring
  • if a defender wins the ball he may finish on goal


  • play 4v2, 5v2 with a defender already marking the forward
  • the player who passes to the forward can enter the end zone to create a 2v1 situation
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage

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