Soccer 5v4 Ball Feeders Training Drill

5v4 Ball Feeders

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams (5v4)
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 1 goal with goalie
  • 2 cone goals (3-5yds)
  • pinnies


  • 4 defenders defend the goal with goalie and score by dribbling through cone goals or by keeping possession for 10 seconds
  • 5 attackers defend 2 cone goals and can score on goal with goalie
  • 2 players from the attacking team always feed the ball to attacking team (throw-ins, high or low pass etc.)
  • if ball goes out of bounce or goal is scored, ball is always distributed by ball feeders
  • switch roles after 5-10 minutes


  • add a neutral player
  • minimum of 2-3 touches for attackers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • first touch
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quick transitions
  • switch point of attack
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control


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

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