Variable Box Game

  • Organisation

    4 cones make up a box. Two players start at two of the cones, one player starts at each of the other cones. One player starts in the middle of the box.

  • Process

    6 players, 2 balls, player in the middle. The passing sequence takes place with at least 5 players and two balls simultaneously, 7 players is ideal. The players with the ball have lots of options and can decide where they pass to.

    The player in the middle can be used to play a one-two with although he can decide for himself where he passes the ball on to. All the cones must always be taken up by at least one player.

    Each player can also decide, based on the situation, to which cone he runs. When possible, the player should run to a cone different from the one to which he has passed.

  • Tip

    4 cones.

    - The focus is on quick, ever-changing, creative passing and movement.

    - This drill requires a large amount of concentration and improves game intelligence.

    - There are always lots of new options

    - Anticipation, awareness, reaction and speed of thought and movement are trained intensively here.

  • Field size

    12 x 12m box

  • Cone margins

    Distance vertical/horizontal: 12m

Training Set

Main point, Progression


30 min


U13, U12, U11, U10, U09, U08, U07, U14 - U19


Passing, Inside of the foot, Laces, Outside of the foot, Ball control, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Dribbling, Feinting/trick dribbling, Running technique with/without ball, Trapping


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


Power & Speed, Strength endurance, Explosiveness, Fitness program, Speed endurance, Speed of movement off the ball, Speed of movement with ball, Variable intervals

Training Organization

Number of Players

2 players, 4 players, 5 players, 6 players, 7 players, 8 players

Form of Training

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

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced, Beginner

Participating Players

Whole team


Alone training, Groups, Offensive behaviors, Stress training, Training for fun

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

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

Author: Christian Titz

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