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


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

Outside of the foot, Laces, Inside of the foot


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

Power & Speed, Strength endurance


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

Training Set:

Main point, Progression


Under 07, Under 08, Under 13, Under 12, Under 11, Under 10, Under 09

Under 19, Under 17, Under 16, Under 15, Under 14, Under 18


30 min

Number of Players:

5 players, 4 players, 2 players

8 players, 7 players, 6 players

Form of Training:

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

Participating Players:

Whole team


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

Skill Level:

Advanced, Beginner, Professional

Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field

Training Location:

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

Author: Christian Titz

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