Switching Plays | 4v2 Possession Game

  • Organisation

    • 8 cones (4 yellow and 4 red cones)

    Set up two fields approximately 15m apart from one another.

  • Process

    In field 1 (yellow cones), the players will play a 4v2 possession game.

    If the two defenders manage to win the ball, they will try to pass it to one of the two teammates in the other field (red cones).

    If the pass reaches the teammate, the two players of the red team and two defenders of the blue team move to the other field and play a 4v2.

    This time, the red team is in possession and the two defenders of the blue team have to win the ball.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Players have to switch fields immediately (counterpress)


    • Limit touces of team in possession

    • A certain number of passes have to played before passing the ball into the other field (e.g. 2-3 passes)

Training Set

Main point, Progression


15 min


U13, U12, U14 - U19


Passing in a square, Short passing


One on one, One On One, Quick transitioning (defense to offense), Quick transitioning (offense to defense), High pressure on defense, Counter-attacks, Man down/Man up, Transitional play (shifting the game)


Soccer-specific endurance, Speed of movement with ball

Training Organization

Number of Players

8 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


Cooperation within the team, Defensive behaviors, Groups

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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