4v4 with agile Wingers

  • Organisation

    • 2 big goals with goalkeepers

    • 6 cones (to mark the field)

    • 4 players of a team inside the field, 2 players outside the field (act as wingers)

  • Process

    Two teams play against each other in a 4v4.

    The two teams can further position two players outside of the attacking wings who will act as wingers.

    These wingers have three different opportunities to enter the game after receiving a pass from their teammate:

    • Direct pass to a teammate

    • Dribble into the field (the player that passed the ball takes over his position)

    • Cross

    Value of Goals:

    • Winger assists a goal or scores himself, after dribbling into the field = 2 points
    • Goal after winger's cross = 3 points
    • All other goals = 1 point
  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Advise your players to switch the point of attack with a diagonal ball frequently, as the distant winger often has more time and space than the winger closer to the ball

    • Winger: Good first touch and fast dribbling when entering the field

  • Field size

    Double Penalty Box

Training Set

Main point


25 min


U13, U23+


1 vs. 1, Catch / Save, Combinations, Inside of the foot passing, Long passing, One touch passes, Short passing, Wall passes, Shot technique/shooting, Dribbling


One on one, Quick transitioning (defense to offense), Quick transitioning (offense to defense), Wing play without opponents, Man down/Man up

General Training Goals


Building an attack over the wings, Building an attack using switches, Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

12 players, 13 or more playersr

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Whole team


2 goalies


Defensive behaviors, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Double penalty box

Training Location

Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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