Soccer 4v4 w Targets Training Drill

4v4 w Targets

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 10+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • play 3v3
  • each team has two target players around the grid a shown
  • teams score by having a player dribble and lay the ball off to a target player
  • player who laid off then takes target player’s spot


  • add a neutral player
  • play 4v4, 5v5 etc.
  • target players from both teams on adjacent sides
  • 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
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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