6v6 with Back-Four

  • Organisation

    • Place 4 mini-goals on the halfway line
    • Divide players into two teams of 6 players each
  • Process

    The two teams will play against each other (6v6) and the players have unlimited touches.

    The goal of the red team is to pass the ball into one of the four mini-goals on the halfway line.

    The blue team attacks on the big goal.

    The goalkeeper in goal always starts the drill.

    Both teams will play with a back-four and two defensive midfielders (4-2).

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • The opponent's full-back has the ball: Center-back closest to the ball will cover for own full-back (inclined behind him)

    • Back-Four: Stay tight while shifting towards one side

    • Center-back can help press on the wing if the center of the field is covered by teammates

    • If the center-back steps out to support the full-back, both players should apply high pressure to prevent the opponent from switching the point of attack

  • Field size


Training Set

Main point


20 min


U13, U23+


Pushing, Quick transitioning (defense to offense), Quick transitioning (offense to defense), Opening the field in the four line, High pressure in midfield, High pressure on defense, Four man backfield, Tactics

General Training Goals


Tactical drills, Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

12 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level


Participating Players

Midfielders, Defenders, Goalie


1 goalie


Cooperation within the team, Defensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior


Training Location

Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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