4 plus1 versus 3

  • Organisation

    Set up a box of 15m x 15m with four outer cone goals (distance: 2m) as described in the graphic.


  • Process

    Play 4 plus 1 versus 3 with the aim to keep the ball. After an interception the defence becomes the offense and try to score at one of the outer cone goals. After the ball leaves the field or the defence scores, the coach provides a new ball. 4 player of the majority team (red) take the positions on the side lines, the fifth one is in the middle. Concentration on variable and precise passing on the ground with the instep. After losing the ball the defence has to pressurize the opponents trying to defend the goals with the aim to win the ball back.


    - Only 2 or 1 touches

    - Diminish (more difficult) or enlarge (easier) the field size

  • Tip

    Is a player covered by an opponent and therefore not available he has to move in order to be open for the pass. Is the defending opponent still guarding him, the offense has the chance to play into the middle and to use the majority. The players at the side lines should permanently move and call for the ball.


Ball control, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Passing, Running technique with/without ball


Positional play, Positional passing


Speed of movement with ball, Speed of movement off the ball


Coordination & Speed Training, Quick understanding of danger, Quick decisioning

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis, Progression


Training examples, Game Systems


Any, U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 11, Under 12, Under 13]


35 min

Number of Players:

6 - 9 players, > 10 players

1 - 5 players [3 players]

Form of Training:

Stations, Group training, Team training, Training in pairs, Individual training

Participating Players:

Midfielders, Forwards, Defenders, Whole team


Groups, Part of a team, Cooperation within the team, Alone training, Offensive behaviors

Skill Level:

Any, Beginner, Advanced

Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field

Training Location:

Turf field, Grass field, Indoor, Asphalt

Author: Easy2Coach Database

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