Play-opening Type IV

  • Organisation

    Each time a red and blue player always position themselves as follows: on the flanks (left and right) in line with the edge of the penalty area, 35m from goal on the flanks as well as in line with the penalty area in the centre of the pitch and on the semi-circle on the halfway line. The goalkeeper goes in goal.
  • Process

    The first ball is played to the goalkeeper from one of the 6 red players. In this case from the right sided defender (right full back). The next player to whom the goalkeeper plays the ball is the left full back whose opponent (A4) leaves the field. Now the 6 red players and the goalkeeper play against 5 blue players. The 6 players (taking the goalkeeper into account) have the task of holding onto the ball and keeping it in the opposition half. The under-strength team of 5 players adjust and try to stop this and accordingly try to attain possession of the ball and come to a quick shot at goal. Resources: 1 Full-size Goal
  • Tip

    - Fast, precise play-opening. - The red team always has the option to restart play through the goalkeeper when a forward pass is not possible. - When in open spaces; fast passing or ground gaining dribbling. - By directing the play down the flanks, the blue team tries to put their opponents under pressure and to gain possession. - Highly running intensive. -Switching Play, build up and pressing are studied alongside the goalkeeper’s game relevant play-opening.
  • Field size



Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Ball control, Dribbling

Passing [Inside of the foot passing]

Shot technique/shooting [Inside of the laces passing, Half-volley]


Positional play, Opening the field, Transitional play (shifting the game)

Defensive/Offensive play [Pushing]


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

Strength [Power & Speed]


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

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis


Game Systems


U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 13, Under 12, Under 11, Under 10, Under 09, Under 8, U 07 (6-7 years)]


20 min

Number of Players:

> 10 players [13 or more playersr]

Form of Training:

Individual training, Team training, Goalkeeper training

Participating Players:



1 goalie


Alone training, Cooperation within the team, Offensive behaviors, Defensive behaviors

Skill Level:


Training Location:

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

Author: Easy2Coach EN GmbH

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