Soccer 4v4 Neutral Goalie Training Drill

4v4 Neutral Goalie

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20yds x 25yds)
  • 1 goal with goalie
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • pinnies
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • play 4v4 with a neutral goalie
  • kick-ins only


  • play 3v3 etc.
  • coach plays in the ball (high/low throw, high/low pass)
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • body position — open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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