4v3 Attack vs. Defense

This attacking soccer drill is a great drill to focus on finishing. Since the attackers have the numerical advantage, they should learn how to exploit their advantage and finish with a shot on goal.

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4v3 Attack vs Defense


  1. Set up a 30 X 30 grid with one side playing to goal. 
  2. Coach assigns 3 defenders who wear an alternate jersey. 
  3. The attackers begin with the ball. 
  4. Place a keeper in goal.


  1. Instruct the players to exploit their numerical advantage and finish with a shot on goal.
  2. Attackers should move the ball looking for the open player and holes in the defense.
  3. Defenders should attempt to break-down the attack and to gain experience in how to cover a man-down situation. 
  4. Defensive players should complete a pass to the coach to end the attack.
  5. The coach should then give the ball back to the attackers to build the attack again.

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  • Increase the number of attackers (or decrease the number of defenders) if scoring chances are infrequent.
  • Increase the number of defenders (or decrease the number of attackers) if scoring chances are too frequent

Coaching Points


  • Quickly switch the point of attack to off-balance the defense.
  • Play quick both physically (1 and 2 touch) and mentally (think ahead).
  • Make sure the players are attacking at the appropriate times


  • Contain the play and keep the ball in front of the defense.
  • Early pressure and do not allow space behind the defenders.

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Scrimmage Pennies/Vests
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls
  • Full Size Goal

Drill Target Ages

  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under
  • U17 and Older

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Soccer Drill Titled: 4v3 Attack vs. Defense
Tagged: 4v3 Attack vs Defense
Published by: Chris Johnson
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