Soccer 4v4 with Two Neutrals Training Drill

4v4 with Two Neutrals

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • play 4v4 plus 2
  • two neutral players play for the team that has possession


  • each neutral player must stay in designated half
  • play with only one neutral player
  • neutral players only have one touch
  • neutral players cannot score goals
  • limit number of touches for attackers
  • goals can only be scored on a first touch
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • shape of team to maintain possession
  • quick finish
  • quick transitions

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