4v4 on 4 Cone Goals

  • Organisation

    • 20 cones: 4 big cones to mark the field and 16 smaller cones to construct 8 cone goals in the limited playing field

  • Process

    Two teams play in a 4v4 onto four cone goals.

    The team in possession has the task to score in one of the four possible goals.

    The field is further divided into four zones.

    In each zone, two players compete in a 1v1 situation.

    However, the players are not allowed to step outside of their zone.

    To switch the point of attack, the players have to pass the ball into the next zone.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Clever defending by forcing the attacking player wide (possibly into a different zone) is crucial

    • Use different tricks or feints to beat the opponent

    • Defenders: Get tight and apply pressure as soon as the attacking player receives the ball

    • Switch the point of attack frequently to create space for teammates in other zones

  • Field size

    40 x 40 meters

Training Set

Main point


25 min


U13, U12, U11, U10, U09, U08, U07, U16, U15, U14


Combinations, One touch passes, Short passing, Ball control, Dribbling, Feinting/trick dribbling


Man-marking towards the ball, One on one, One On One, Pushing, Four man backfield

General Training Goals


Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

8 players, 10 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level


Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


Cooperation within the team, Defensive behaviors, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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