Soccer 4v4 Breakaways Training Drill

4v4 Breakaways

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 1 goal w goalie
  • pinnies


  • play 4v4
  • attacker has to dribble across defender’s end line to play 1v1 with last defender and then score on goalie
  • last defender starts from a designated spot after attacker’s first touch inside end zone
  • play multiple rounds
  • switch roles after 4-8 minutes


  • each team defends a goal with goalie
  • attackers switch roles with defenders if the attacker inside the end zone can’t finish on target (or can’t score)
  • play without a steady last defender in zone and allow only one defender to follow the player with the ball into end zone
  • defending team switches duties with the attacking team if they can keep possession for 7 seconds
  • if defenders manage to dribble across attacker’s end line they keep possession and direction of play changes
  • play 5v4, 6v5, 6v4, 5v3 etc.
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • supporting angle and distance to ball
  • create space for others
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • quick finish


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

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