Four Zone Game - Progression

By Renato Lopez Moreira - 

This is a progression of last week's 5 v 5 game to work spacing and player movement. We now play 8 v 8 The game area is 50 x 45 yards and it is played as two 15 minute halves. 


The field is once again divided into four zones. This time each zone contains two attacker and two defender.

These are the rules for the players movement:

  • Each zone must contain at least one player from each team
  • All players can move freely between the zones


When a goal is scored one member of the defending team leaves the field. He can only return if his team wins the ball and scores a goal.


The defending team attempts to win the ball and counter attack. This transition must be done quickly to take advantage of the moment when the opponent is unbalanced.

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You can add neutral players to the game to play with the attacking team. The neutral player can move freely between the zones.



  • You can limit the number of ball touches per player, accelerating or slowing the pace of game
  • You can vary the initial number of players, increasing or decreasing it
  • You can vary the size of game area, increasing or decreasing it
  • You can limit the movimentation of the players, not allowing them to leave their respective zones
  • You can limit the movement of the Jokers
  • You can vary the number of Defense players who leaves the field if the Attack score a goal
  • You can vary the number of Attackers / Defenders, creating a offensive or defensive imbalance situation.

By Renato Lopez Moreira - Author of Training Sessions for the 4-3-3


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