Soccer 4v2 w Mini Goal Training Drill

4v2 w Mini Goal

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Possession, Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 4 attackers / 2 defenders
  • grid (30yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 mini goals
  • pinnies for defenders to carry
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • attackers can score on both mini goals
  • if defenders win the ball they give it right back to the attackers
  • attackers cannot score on the same goal twice in a row
  • defenders switch roles with attackers if they intercept 10 passes


  • defenders switch roles with attackers if they dribble the ball out of the grid 3-4 times
  • vary number of attackers and/or defenders
  • 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
  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • disguise
  • first touch

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