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4 vs 4 Tactical: Attacking Over The Line

4 vs 4 Tactical: Attacking Over The Line

  • some markers to mark out the field
  • 2 cones (4 for the variant)
  • balls
  • 4 vests
  • one goal
  • Playing Area: 20 x 20 meters
  • Players: 8 + 1 goalkeeper
  • Running time: 15 minutes
  • Series number: 3 series of 4 minutes interspersed with 1 minute for passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Exercise for youngsters training the striker making runs in behind and the 1 vs 1 with the goalkeeper
Ball control, Goal defense, Mobility, Insertion

Place the markers to form a playing area of about 15 meters per side. Place a goal on one of the sides. At about 8 meters from the goal create a line with the two cones, about 8 meters wide, all attacking runs must pass through this line. Divide the players into 2 teams of 4 players using the available vests.

  • The game begins when the coach throws the ball in the middle area
  • Two teams carry on with ball possession until one team makes 3 consecutive passes



  • At this point an attacking player makes a run through the line to receive a pass
  • Players may cross the line either by dribbling the ball across it or by meeting a pass played through behind the defense.
  • Once the team in possession crosses over the line, the player with the ball has a 1 vs 1 with the goalkeeper and tries to score


Player A dribbles the ball waiting for the diagonal run of B and then passes him the ball to go 1 vs 1 with the GK.

  • The defending team cannot defend beyond the line formed by the cones
  • The striker may begin attacking run after the team in possession has carried out 3 consecutive passes
  • Defenders may not go over the line created by the cones
  1. Have two lines of cones, about 6 meters wide and place them diagonally across the goal, creating two-pronged offensive side. Striker will have to go through either diagonal line to receive a pass to go to goal. A second striker will follow up shots or be in the middle for a cross.


Form two lines with cones to vary the fronts of strike 


  1. Move the line of cones thus training attacking runs from many angles and distances
  2. Increase or decrease the size according to the age of the players and their abilities
Coaching Points
  • Players must always move to free the passing lanes and try to remain active in a central position
  • Striker actions must be developed centrally, it is better to break the line with a pass, to teach the right time to make run  in behind
  • Pay attention to the closing down of the goalkeeper which must be firm but not risky
  • Finalization over the line should be carried out in the shortest possible time
  • Transitions from possession to non possession phase is very fast

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