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4v4, To Lines or Small Goals

Chris Johnson 184,941 Views Rating 4.24 (75 Reviews)

In Soccer, 4v4 is the smallest version of a full-sided game. While on the attack, to be successful in a four vs. four soccer match, players must penetrate via the pass, dribble, or shot; players must provide support to the player with the ball, and players need to create width to the field. On the defensive side, a player must pressure the ball to delay the attack, another player should cover for the player pressuring the ball, and the remaining two players balance the field of play. This 4v4 practice focuses on all aspects of the match, including attacking, defending, passing, receiving, supporting, penetrating, and spreading the field.

Soccer Drill Diagram: 4v4, To Lines or Small Goals

4v4 soccer drill, 4 v 4 to small goals

This 4v4 game is the smallest version of a full sided soccer game. The 4 vs 4 game will focus on all aspects of the match.
Drill Setup

To set up this 4v4 soccer drill:

  1. Create a grid that is approximately 40 X 25 yards.
  2. Create a gate (about 8 feet wide) on each endline, or allow the players to attack the end line.
  3. Since the field is longer than it is wide, the playing field's dimensions create an emphasis on passing in the game.
  4. There is a premium on playing the ball forward early.
Drill Instructions

  1. Each team has either an end line to defend OR a small gate on their end line to defend.
  2. If you are playing to an end line, a goal is scored by stopping the ball anywhere along the end line.
  3. If you are playing to a small gate on each endline, a goal is scored by stopping the ball inside the gate along the end line.
  4. Set a score limit for each team to reach and declare a winner once that score is reached.
Drill Variations

  • Depending on the age and skill level of the players, you can adjust the field size to maximize the effectiveness of the workout.
Drill Coaching Points

Offensively:

  • Vision - players should be able to look up and read the game with their eyes since their number is limited. Player's heads should be on a constant pivot.
  • Communication - make sure players are communicating both verbally and non-verbally.
  • Support - make sure players are using the entire playing area (width and length) to get into the right supporting angles. Create passing options that allow the receiving players the most time and space.
  • Appropriate use of 1st touch
  • Appropriate use of short or long passing
  • Changes in the direction and speed of play
  • Create goal scoring opportunities

Defensively:

  • Sound Defensive Principles - pressure, cover, balance
  • Get as many people behind the ball as possible
  • Good communication
Equipment

  • Disc Cones
  • Tall Cones
  • Pinnies
  • Soccer Balls
  • Pugg Goal
  • Training Sticks
Drill Ages

  • 4 Years Old and Under
  • 5 Years Old and Under
  • 6 Years Old and Under
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  • 15 Years Old and Under
  • 16 Years Old and Under
  • 17 +
Soccer Drill Focus

  • Dribbling - Soccer Dribbling Drills
  • Passing - Soccer Passing Drills
  • Receiving - Soccer Receiving & Turning Drills
  • Heading - Soccer Heading Drills
  • Fitness - Soccer Fitness Drills
  • Possession - Soccer Possession Drills
  • Defending - Soccer Defending Drills
  • Attacking - Soccer Attacking Drills

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