Soccer 4v4 Restriction Training Drill

4v4 Restriction

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Basic Information

Age Group (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players 8+
Difficulty Medium
Time 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Finishing

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • mini goals
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • play 4v4
  • each team defends and attacks 2 mini goals
  • players cannot make forward passes
  • teams score a point if a player beats a defender with a move or simply score a goal
  • if a defender is beaten with a move and a goal is scored right after it counts three points
  • finish session without restriction


  • play 3v3, 5v5, 6v6 etc.
  • add a neutral player
  • players cannot make forward passes in the attacking half
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • quick finish
  • quick transition

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