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Cognitive ability - Goals On 4 Corners

Cognitive ability - Goals On 4 Corners

  • 8 markers (4 pairs of different colours)
  • 3 vests
  • Sufficient balls to ensure continuity
  • Playing Area: 15 x 15 metres
  • Players: 6
  • Duration: 16 minutes
  • Series: 4 series of 3 minutes with 1 minute of passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Exercise to train young players on rapid changes in a restricted space
Feints and tricks, Change of direction, 1 versus 1

Split the players into 2 teams with 2 colours. Use 4 pairs of little cones forming 4 goals on the 4 orners of the square so to form 4 different coloured goals. Place the players on two opposite sides of the square. Players of one team start with a ball for each player.

  • The player with the ball starts the exercise by moving into the square
  • After entering the square the coach calls two colours
  • The player with the ball should try to make goals in the coloured goals called by coach guiding the ball beyond the goals
  • The player without ball must try to recover the ball and make goals in the same little goals
  • The coach may change the colour of goal for the goal in every moment and players must adapt to the instructions 


Example: the coach calls "White and orange"

  1. Players must make goals in all goals except those called by coach
  2. Players without ball, if they recover it, must make goals in the 2 coloured goals not called by coach
Coaching Points
  • Encourage players to find free goals and often change the stroked goal
  • This exercise is an excellent warm up
  • This exercise may be carried out at every level, with the little ones it is possible to start the sequence with hands in dribble (as in basket)
  • Cognitive exercises in soccer are fun for young players

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