Intense 4v4 + Coordination Training

  • Organisation

    The 4v4 will be played on a smaller-sized field (size approx. 40x20m or 2x penalty box) with two big goals and goalkeepers. All available balls will be divided equally into the two goals. Two teams will play 4v4 in a given time. Players that aren't playing will jog around the field and complete small coordination and endurance drills. Equipment as seen in the animation will be needed.

  • Process

    16 players will split up into 4 teams of 4 players each. It is also possible to create 2 teams with 8 players each. Then the 2 parts of one team function as first and second team, so their scores will be added together. While 2 teams are playing, the remaining 8 players will complete the given drills. There should be a 2 min. break after a 5 min. game, subsequently followed by an exchange of teams. Four games should be played by each team. Goalkeepers will switch sides at half-time, if there are more goalkeepers available, then they will switch.

  • Tip

    High intensity and applying full-field pressure are two key aspects of the 4v4. Furthermore, there should be a high emphasis on counter attacks and the ability to react quickly.

    Players that aren't playing should be reminded to complete runs with higher intensity behind the two goals, followed by the completion of the coordination drills. Here, intensity and accuracy are important as well.

  • Field size

    Length: approx. 35-40 meters

    Width: approx. 17-20 meters

Training Set

Main point


30 min


U19, U18, U17, U15


Shot technique/shooting, Dribbling


Man-marking towards the ball, Quick transitioning (defense to offense), Quick transitioning (offense to defense), High pressure from forwards


Coordinative jumping (parcour)


Strength endurance, Soccer-specific endurance, Speed endurance

Training Organization

Number of Players

13 or more playersr

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Advanced, Beginner

Participating Players

Whole team


2 goalies


Defensive behaviors, Goalkeeper behaviors, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Double penalty box

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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