Main part II - type of play II - paths of the back four with 4 players + 1 player playing a ball

  • Organisation

    Four players are positioned in linear formation level with the edge of the penalty area. The placement of cones can be used as distance markers. The passer of the ball positions himself in the center circle with the ball.
  • Process

    The player E passes the ball in the space in front of the back four (see the arrows). The back four move in the direction of the ball. The defender closest to the ball thereby moves out of the linear formation and attempts to reach the ball at the earliest possible moment and stop it. In the example of player C the paths are obvious: Player C runs to meet the ball, stops it and stays where he is. The other players in the blue back four now shift or move in as shown by the marked paths. Players A and B thereby move 2-3 meters sideways to the left and accordingly D 2-3 meters to the right in order to safeguard player C depth wise (forming triangles). Player C then passes the ball back to E and the players go back to their basic positions. Then player E passes the ball on to player D, who runs likewise to the ball and players A, B and C move 2-3 meters to the left in order to protect D. When all four running and passing routes have been completed, the exercise starts afresh.
  • Tip

    - The path of the players to the ball and back as well as moving to the left and right. - Often players move inwards in a forward motion. Staggered depth should, however, be obtained and consequently the player must laterally move backwards. - First study the paths slowly. Later at a higher tempo. Then the passing ensues. - Speak with each other. - Neat, accurate passing game.
  • Field size

    36 x 30 meters
  • Cone margins

    Widthwise: 10 - 12 meters.


Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Trapping

Passing [Short passing]


Four man backfield

Defensive/Offensive play [Pushing]


Speed of movement with ball

Strength [Power & Speed]


Quick processing, Quickness of reaction, Quick understanding of danger, Quick anticipation, Quick decisioning

Training Set:



U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 13]


15 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [4 players, 5 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players]

Form of Training:

Team training, Group training, Group training

Participating Players:

Midfielders, Defenders, Whole team


Groups, Part of a team, Defensive behaviors, Groups

Skill Level:


Spatial Behavior:


Training Location:

Asphalt, Turf field, Grass field

Author: Easy2Coach EN GmbH

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