8 vs. 4

  • Organisation

    • Mark a 25 meter wide playing field between the 18-yard box and the halfway line and arrange the mini-goals in the field according to the graphic
    • 4 cones (to mark the playing field)
    • 4 mini-goals
    • Divide the players into two teams: Team 1 with 8 players and team 2 with 4 players
    • Team 1 (8 players) will play in a 3-2-3 formation
  • Process

    • The two teams play against each other in an 8v4
    • Goal of Team Red: Maintain possession and play through the opposition from end line to end line (within the field)
    • Goal of Team Blue: Apply systematic pressure to provoke turnovers and counter fast after winning the ball. If Blue wins the ball, they can counter on the four mini-goals.
    • At that point, the Red team has to counterpress immediately to win the ball back and prevent team Blue from scoring
  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Use full length and width of the field (Team Red)

    • Red (3-2-3): Communicate with the two central players ("turn", "back", "left shoulder")

    • Try to play with two touches (max. 3 touches)

    • Play out of pressure

    • Movement off the ball: Create passing angles by constantly moving in the opponent's shadow

  • Field size

    Between 18-yard box and halfway line (25m wide)

Training Set

Main point


20 min




Attacking down the middle, Direct play to the forwards, High pressure in midfield, Man down/Man up, Systems of play, Tactics, Transitional play (shifting the game)

General Training Goals


Tactical drills, Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

12 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


Cooperation within the team, Defensive behaviors, Offensive behaviors, Part of a team

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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