Main part II – type of play III – 4 defenders against 7 attackers with one big goal and three small cones goals + goalkeeper

  • Organisation

    On the half-way line three goals made from cones are placed. Two teams are formed. An attacking team with seven players (yellow) and a defending team (blue) with four players, which start in a back four linear formation (the basis formation). The yellow team deploy themselves as shown in the diagram with a central point guard, two players in the midfield half-back positions, two wingers and two strikers. The yellow team has the ball. A goalkeeper is located in the goal.
  • Process

    The yellow team’s task is to get an attempt on the big goal with the goalkeeper through the use of different moves and attacking variations. The blue team defends the big goal and has the possibility to score in the three ‘cone goals’ when they have possession of the ball. When defending it is imperative to shift correctly and to not allow the other team any passing or shooting options. It is important that when the defender near the ball moves out his two neighbors move in and build a defensive triangle. If the yellow team scores or if the ball goes behind the goal-line or sideline the players start anew from the half-way line. Zigzag balls should start play. That means the strikers move in a counter movement and always offer themselves to the passer of the ball as a play to point in the middle of the field. As little ball contact as possible. On the sidelines 1 on 1 and overlapping should be played when possible. In addition to this the flank players must be positioned on the sideline and after a pass dribble inwards so that the wing-back is able to overlap him. Always play diagonal balls and in doing so initiate changeovers so that the defensive unit is brought into action. The strikers always approach the player in possession, dart sideways and then cross over. 1. Diagonal ball 2. Zigzag ball 3. Dribble 1 on 1 4. Dart sideways 5. Cross over 6. Overlap
  • Tip

    - Through deep passes the defensive line is brought into forward motion. Through further shifting of the ball the defensive line is forced to shift forwards to the side. As a result the attacking team obtains room in the deep areas, as well as the possibility to pass to the freed up side through a diagonal pass. - The players passing the ball into the area at the back must not run too close to the people in front of them and should keep a distance of 20-25 meters between themselves and the attackers, so that the events in play are always in front of them and the balls can ‘run in’ there so that with quick contact the ball can be passed on. - Constant movement, talking with each other, and a quick, precise passing game are important. - The back four must not forget the depth offset and not let themselves be dragged too far out.
  • Field size

    Half a playing field.
  • Cone margins

    3 meters between the cone goals.


Dribbling, Feinting/trick dribbling, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Trapping

Headers [Heading while in motion]

Passing [Inside of the foot passing, Long passing, Short passing, Passing in a triangle, Wall passes]

Shot technique/shooting [Laces, Volley]


Positional passing, Transitional play (shifting the game), Four man backfield, Attacking with focus on offsides, Man down/Man up, Opening the field

Defensive/Offensive play [Pushing, One on one]

Wing play/Crossing [Wing play with opponents]

Pressing [High pressure on defense]

Games plays [Overlapping, Offensive play with variable options, Attacking down the middle]


Training of elementary endurance II, Speed endurance, Speed of movement with ball

Strength [Power & Speed, Leaping strength]


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

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis


Game Systems [Running off the ball]


U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 13]


40 min

Number of Players:

> 10 players [12 players, 13 or more playersr]

Form of Training:

Individual training, Group training

Participating Players:

Whole team


1 goalie


Groups, Offensive behaviors, Defensive behaviors, Stress training, Alone training

Skill Level:


Spatial Behavior:


Training Location:

Asphalt, Turf field, Grass field, Indoor, Forest/meadow

Author: Easy2Coach EN GmbH

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