Soccer 5v4 Attacking Training Drill

5v4 Attacking

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 1 goal w goalie
  • 4 cone goals (2-4yds)
  • pinnies


  • the defending team (4 field players) scores by passing through one of the two cone goals to their
  • target player (2 points)
  • the attacking team (5 players) can score on the goal with goalie (2 points) or by dribbling through
  • one of the two cone goals (1 points)
  • all restarts due to out of bounds, fouls, goals, are started by the goalies
  • switch roles after 5-10 minutes


  • play 4v3, 6v5 etc.
  • add neutral player
  • minimum of 2-3 touches
  • if a team scores it keeps possession and direction of play changes
  • adjust size of field and/or cone goals if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • combination play
  • create space for others
  • quick transitions
  • quick finish

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