A 2v2 mini game where teams compete for position in a square marked out by cones. This focusses on close quarters dribbling and ball retention for attackers and positioning and tackling for defenders.


Aim: To improve 1st touch / control, passing and movement and communication techniques

Suitable for: U9’s and upwards

Equipment: Marked area appropriate size for age, 4 cones, 1 ball between 4 players

Organisation:  All players and the ball must be inside the marked area. The aim is for each team to keep possession of the ball and exchange as many passes as possible. 5 minutes continuous play.

  • Encourage players to increase tempo
  • Increase / decrease the marked area to promote a better 1st touch and quicker feet (smaller area) or pass and move (larger area)
  • 3 passes = 1 goal
  • Players encouraged to take a player on 1 on 1 before passing

Coaching Points

  • Emphasis is on 1st touch, keep ball out of feet and in the direction of supporting player
  • Communication is essential
  • 1st touch with inside or outside of foot