Soccer 4v4+4 End Zones Training Drill

4v4+4 End Zones

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 3 groups
  • grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • designated attackers vs. designated defenders
  • attackers receive the ball from a player outside the grid and score by passing it to another outside
  • player on the opposite side
  • defenders try to win possession and dribble it into the end zone
  • switch roles after 2-3 minutes


  • each team has one designated end zone to score in (player must stop the ball in corresponding zone to score or switch roles)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • accuracy
  • weight of pass
  • good first touch into space
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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