Soccer 4v4 Plus 2 Target Players Training Drill

4v4 Plus 2 Target Players

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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: Defending, Attacking, Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • each team has two target players positioned outside the grid by the middle line as shown
  • if a team wins possession the two target players can enter the grid to create a numbers up situation on the attack
  • once the ball is lost both players must leave the grid again and the target players of the other team can enter the grid
  • offiside rules apply

Variation: play without offside

  • target players start from opponent’s goal line
  • teams must connect 4 (5) passes before they can score
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • accurate passes
  • quick decision making
  • quick finish
  • good angle of support
  • movement on and off the ball
  • quick transitions
  • find the open space

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