Soccer 4v4 Plus Neutral Training Drill

4v4 Plus Neutral

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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: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

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


  • one team defends the goal with goalie and the other team defends 2 mini goals
  • neutral player always supports the losing team
  • if the score is tied the neutral player supports the team that has possession
  • switch roles after 5-10 minutes


  • neutral player is not allowed to score
  • direction of play changes if the team which defends the goal with goalie scores on one of the two mini goals
  • players of the winning team have to take 3 touches minimum
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • quick transition
  • switch point of attack
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication


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

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