Soccer 4v4 and 1v1 Training Drill

4v4 and 1v1

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Basic Information

Age Group (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players 8+
Difficulty Easy
Time 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • 1 grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • 1 grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • (field 1) teams teams play 4v4
  • (field 2) teams play 1v1 on end lines with the winner replacing a player from his own team on grid #1


  • winner on field #2 joins his team on field #1 without replacing anybody to make it a 5v4
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • fast paced
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • body position — open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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