Soccer Attackers vs Defenders # 4 Training Drill

Attackers vs Defenders # 4

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: 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
  • pinnies


  • play 4v4
  • the attacking team can score as many goals as possible on both goals within 5 minutes
  • once the attackers score they have to dribble across middle line before they can score again
  • if defenders win the ball they try to keep possession as long as possible
  • attackers always start with the ball on a dead ball
  • switch roles after 5 minutes
  • team with most goals after two rounds wins


  • minimum of 2-3 touches
  • defenders can score by connecting 5 passes
  • add a neutral player
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • quick transitions
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • quick finish
  • good first touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power

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