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Small-Sided Game: 4 vs. 4 + Player-Base

Small-Sided Game: 4 vs. 4 + Player-Base

  • 2 goals
  • sufficient markers to outline the field
  • 4 markers to create the mini field (base)
  • sufficient balls to ensure continuity
  • 4 vests
  • Playing Area: 40x30 meters
  • Players: 9 + 2 goalkeepers
  • Duration: 16 minutes
  • Series: 2 times to 7 minutes interspersed with 1 minute of passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Improving possession and intercepting the ball
Pass, Finishing, Intercepting, 4 versus 4

Form a 40x30 meters playing area with a goal on each side. In the middle of the playing area create a 2 meters side square (base) using 4 markers. Divide the players into two teams, the red team with 4 players and white team with 5. A player of white team is positioned inside the'' base'' (as in figure).

  • The exercise begins when the coach throws the ball inside the playing area; it consists on a 4 vs 4 game with a neutral player in the "base".
  • The white team attacks the "base" defended by the red team. The red team attacks the goals defended by goalkeepers.
  • At the end of the 2 times wins the team that has scored more points or more goals.


  • If the white team wins the ball, it must keep possession and to gain a point one of the four players must pass the ball to the player inside the "base" (1) and pass it back to a teammate (2)
  • Each time the white team gains a point, the player-base is replaced by a teammate. This creates the rule of rotation for the entire duration of the match
  • The red team must defend the'' base'' by preventing passes by the white team
  • When the red team has ball possession, the aim is to score goals by freely choose either of the two goals defended by goalkeepers. 
  1. Limit the contacts of the ball (maximum three) during the possession
  2. Increase or decrease the size of the field according to the age and abilities of the players
Coaching Points
  • The importance of proper positioning facilitates the interception of the pass
  • Encourage your players to move constantly to find free spaces

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