Soccer 5v4 Two Adjacent Goals Training Drill

5v4 Two Adjacent Goals

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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, Finishing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

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


  • play 5v4
  • defending team (4 players) scores by keeping possession for 7-10 seconds
  • attacking team (5 players) can score on both goals with goalies
  • switch roles after 5-10 minutes


  • minimum of 2-3 touches (for attackers)
  • play 5v5, 6v4, 7v6, 8v6 etc.
  • attackers can only score off headers / volleys
  • defenders switch roles with attackers if they score
  • defenders score by dribbling across attacker’s end line
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group 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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