Soccer 4v3 w Designated Attacker Training Drill

4v3 w Designated Attacker

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 4 cone goals (4-5yds)
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks 2 cone goals
  • each team has one designated player who must stay in the attacking half
  • designated player has to pass to at least 1x other teammate before he or another teammate can score


  • vary number and positions of cone goals
  • play with mini goals instead of cone goals
  • teams can only score by dribbling through cone goal
  • designated player has to take at least 2-3 touches before he can score
  • if a defender wins the ball he must dribble across the halfway line before he attempts to pass to the
  • designated player
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • first touch
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quick transitions
  • switch point of attack
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control


  • angle and speed of approach
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • angle and distance of cover
  • intercept pass
  • change role of pressure and cover
  • visual and verbal communication

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