Soccer 4v4 Sweeper Keeper Counters Training Drill

4v4 Sweeper Keeper Counters

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 7+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Finishing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 cone goals (3-5yds) with goalie
  • 1 endzone 2-4 yds deep
  • 1 goal with goalie
  • pinnies


  • defending team defends the large goal with goalie
  • attacking team defends 2 cone goals with sweeper keeper (keeper covers both goals)
  • sweeper keeper must stay in his zone but can be used as a negative target (two touch max.) for support


  • no players allowed in end zone except for sweeper keeper
  • if ball goes out of bounce corner kicks are to be taken from goal line with large goal
  • if the defending team scores it switches roles with the attacking team
  • play 5v5, 6v6, 7v7, 8v8 etc.
  • adjust size of field if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • change of speed & direction
  • vision
  • quick finish
  • quick transitions
  • switch point of attack

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