4v4 overload

4v4 gameObjective: To improve defending and attacking skills.

Age group: U9s and upwards.

Set up: Use a 30×20 yards pitch with a goal at one end.

Divide your players into teams of four.

How to play

One team starts as the attacking team. The other team defends.

The defending players are numbered 1-4 and each takes a turn as goalkeeper.

Defenders get a point each time they stop attackers from scoring for 20 seconds.

To start the game, one attacking player dribbles the ball onto the pitch and attempts to score in a 1v3 situation.

If he scores, his team gets a point. If the defenders win the ball or force it out of play, they get a point.

When the first ball is dead, a second attacker dribbles a ball onto the pitch and combines with the first attacker to make a 2v3 situation.

Again, if the attackers score, they get a point and if the defenders win the ball or force it out of play, they get a point.

When that ball goes dead, the third attacker enters the playing area. Finally, the fourth attacker enters to make it a 4v3 in favour of the attackers.

When all four attacks have been completed, the teams switch roles.