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


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

Shot technique/shooting [Laces, Outside of the foot, Inside of the foot]


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

Strength [Power & Speed, Strength endurance]


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

Training Set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis


U14 - U19

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


30 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [2 players, 4 players, 5 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players, 7 players, 8 players]

Form of Training:

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

Participating Players:

Whole team


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

Skill Level:

Professional, Beginner, Advanced

Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field

Training Location:

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

Author: System e2c

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