Soccer 4v4+1 Two Adjacent-Goals Training Drill

4v4+1 Two Adjacent-Goals

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 9+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing, Finishing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • each team defends one designated goal
  • both teams can use the negative target (target has two touches) for support
  • if ball goes out of bounce or goal is scored it is distributed back in by the neutral target player from end line


  • add a second target player (1 or 2 touches for target) between the two goals
  • attacking team can score on both goals while the defending team tries to keep possession for 7
  • seconds or dribble across end line opposite from the goals to switch roles
  • play 5v5, 6v6, 7v7, 8v8 etc.
  • adjust size of field if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • quick transitions
  • quick finish
  • supporting angle and distance to ball
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power


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

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