Soccer 4v2 Training Drill


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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups of 6
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • 4 attackers versus 2 defenders
  • attackers start with the ball at their end line and attempt to dribble across the defender’s end line
  • if a defender wins the ball he switches roles with the attacker who touched the ball last


  • play 3v1 in multiple grids
  • no forward passes allowed
  • players must take a maximum of 3 touches
  • attackers must stop the ball dead on defender’s end line
  • attackers and defenders switch roles every 2-3 minutes
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • decision making
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • setting up defender
  • protecting the ball
  • vision


  • delay and channel
  • timing and decision to tackle
  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass
  • changing role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication

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