4v4 with Players in the Deep

  • Organisation

    • 2 big goals

    • 6 cones to mark the playing field

  • Process

    Two teams will play each other in 4v4 games.

    Every team has two additional players (left and right of the own goal) that are located on the own outer line of the field.

    If the ball is passed to one of these players, the player receiving the ball dribbles into the field.

    The player that passed the ball outside, takes over his/her position.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Create passing angles for the players in the deep by constantly making runs to get open

    • Additional players in the deep also have to be active and move in order to receive passes

  • Field size

    Double Penalty Box

Training Set

Main point


30 min


U13, U23+


Wall passes, Dribbling


High pressure from forwards, Man down/Man up, Positional play, Transitional play (shifting the game)


Soccer-specific endurance

General Training Goals


Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

12 players

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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