Soccer 4v4 Plus 4 Possession Training Drill

4v4 Plus 4 Possession

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 9+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams
  • grid (45yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • 4v4v4
  • 2 teams (8v4) are responsible for keeping possession
  • if defending team (blue) wins the ball, the team who made the mistake automatically becomes the defending team
  • if a ball goes out of bounce it is considered loss of possession by that team and that team then becomes the defending team


  • limit number of touches
  • play with a designated defending team who must win the ball and then pass it to coach (who moves around the grid) 5 times to switch roles with an attacking team
  • players must toe tap an outside cone after completing a pass
  • group of 8 must pass to each team alternately – for example, a red player must pass to a gray player who must then pass to a red player etc.
  • rotate defenders every 4-5 minutes rather than automatically switching after loss of possession
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • first touch

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