Soccer 5v4 Endzones Training Drill

5v4 Endzones

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

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


  • play 5v4 plus neutral player
  • each team defends and attacks one end zone
  • players score by dribbling into endzone with control of the ball
  • switch roles after 3-4 minutes


  • play 6v5, 5v4, 4v3 plus 1 neutral player
  • play 5v5 where each player is allowed to defend only one designated player (switch pairs every 5 minutes)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • attack open space
  • protect the ball
  • change of speed & direction
  • take on defender
  • vision

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