4v4 Playing Wide Out of the Back

This drill is designed to get players to play balls wide when playing from the back, the defensive third of the field. Players recognize that they find more time and space on the outsides of the field and they are relieving the center of the pitch from dangerous play.

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4v4, Playing wide, Switching the Point of Attack


  1. Create a grid approximately 40X25 yards.
  2. Create a small goal on the end line with two training sticks.
  3. Create two 7 yard channels along the outsides of the field on the center line.
  4. Split the players into two teams of four.


  1. Each team defends a goal.
  2. Award a goal only when the ball is won in the defensive half of the field and played wide through a channel before knocking it into the goal.
  3. Players are not allowed to go forward unless it is passed or dribbled through the channel first.

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  • Limit players number of touches
  • Add a 2nd ball
  • Ball must be PASSED through the channel
  • Ball must be DRIBBLED through the channel

Coaching Points

  • Once the ball is won, players must quickly open up for their teammates which will allow for a¬†quick switch (changing the point of the attack).
  • Players should be thinking a step ahead of the play.
  • Once the ball is won defensively, keep possession and get out of the back by going wide.

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Scrimmage Pennies/Vests
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls
  • Training Sticks or Agility Poles

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: 4v4 Playing Wide Out of the Back
Tagged: 4v4, Playing wide, Switching the Point of Attack
Published by: Chris Johnson
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