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Continuous 4v4 with Capacity to Recover

By Alex Trukan This game is focused on developing players’ capacity to recover quick bursts. The quicker energy stores will be refuelled, the more intense actions can be produced early. These outcomes are achieved within highly engaging 4v4 games scenario which improve players’ decision making, wide range of technical abilities as well as working as

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Small-Sided Game For Defending

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on defensive recovery

Start with a 4 v 4 game plus keepers on a 50 x 40 area


This game is designed to work on players getting back and providing support after the player they are marking plays the ball. Too often we see defensive players either

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Anaerobic 4v4 Small-Sided Game

Here is a 4 v 4 game working on target player and transition while giving a nice anaerobic workout.

This activity uses half a field with a full sized goal and a keeper in goal. Two players start in the D and 3 yellow and 3 black players start at midfield. A coach starts at midfield with a ball.

The coach calls either “yellow” or “black” and whichever color he calls is the

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Attacking With Speed and Defensive Communication

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on attacking with speed and defensive communication.  This is a nice progression on attacking and defending and similar type progressions can be found in the book Modern Attacking & Goalscoring.

The first part of this progression has three attacking players start 40 yards from goal.  The middle player has a ball.  Two defending players start on the end line at the corners of the 6.  There is a keeper in goal.

This is a standard 3 v 2 to goal with the one condition being the attackers only have 7 seconds to get

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Defensive Shape With Overlapping Runs

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity is a 4 v 4 game working on defensive shape with overlapping runs.
There are some excellent activities working on this aspect of the game in the book Defending & Goalkeeping Drills of the World’s Top Teams & Coaches

Start with 4 attacking players around 35 yards out and 4 defending players.  There is a keeper in goal and one of the central attacking players has the ball.

The two central players pass the

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4v4 For Spacing and Support

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity is a 4 v 4 game working on support and spacing.

This game involves a 40 x 30 grid with two full sized goals.  There are 4 players on each team.  You can find many games similar to this in the book Coaching Soccer Through Small-Sided Games.

When the black team has the ball, two of their players stay back and two attack the goal.  The two who stay back are able to provide support.  So in attack, the team is playing a 2-2 formation.

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