Soccer 5v5 Four Mini Goals Training Drill

5v5 Four Mini Goals

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

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


  • each team defends and attacks two mini goals
  • each team selects one player that has unlimited touches
  • all other players must play 1 (2) touch
  • goals by player with unlimited touches count 3 points
  • switch roles after 3-5 minutes


  • each team selects two players that have unlimited touches
  • cone goals instead of mini goals
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • quick transition
  • switch point of attack
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • body position – open to field
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication


  • 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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