Soccer 4v4 Plus 4+4 Training Drill

4v4 Plus 4+4

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams
  • grid (25yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • 2 teams play 4v4 inside the playing area
  • rest of the players are on the outside
  • players can only pass to their (same colour) target players
  • teams score by passing to a target player who passes it back to a third player
  • switch roles evey 5-10 minutes
  • players on the outside cannot challenge each other


  • play 3v3 etc.
  • limit number of touches
  • players on the outside are allowed to pass to each other
  • adjust size of field if necessary

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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