Opponent-orientated 4v4 l Conditioning

  • Organisation

    • 2 goals (with goalkeepers)

    • many cones for sidelines (14-16 cones)

  • Process

    A game of 4v4 will be played on two goals with goalkeepers.

    Since this drill is meant to strengthen the conditional aspects, every player has a set opponent that he will play against (e.g. player A1 vs. A2).

    The opponents always have to keep track of each other, not allowing the opponent to score easily.

    Every round should be played for 4 minutes with 2 minute-breaks in between rounds.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • High intensity, especially towards the end of the rounds

    • Players should try to finish on goal every time they get a chance to do so

Training Set

Main point


30 min


Feinting/trick dribbling


One on one, One On One, Quick transitioning (defense to offense), Quick transitioning (offense to defense)



Training Organization

Number of Players

10 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Advanced, Beginner

Participating Players

Whole team


2 goalies


Defensive behaviors, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

More exercises

Reaction and Speed

  • More
  • Schlussteil
  • Hauptteil
  • 20 min

6+2 vs. 4 with Counter-Pressing

Triangle Passing with One-Two Variations II

  • More
  • Hauptteil
  • Aufwärmen
  • 20 min

Similar exercise - Training set: Main point

Similar exercise - Duration: 30 Mins

Similar exercise - Author: Tom Pilarski