4 v 4 – Ice Hockey Style

Set up

  • Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum)
  • Two teams of four players
  • Two goals made using cones or poles
  • Two goalkeepers (optional)


  • As with most small-sided games, the emphasis is on pass and move.
  • The players can score in the front or back of the goal.
  • The game is played for a set period of time.

“Tell your players that if they are blocked when in front of the goal they should look to play quickly to the other side and try to score in the back.”


64 small-sided games key

4 v 4 - Ice hockey style - part 1

The team in possession are looking to create scoring opportunities but the path to goal is blocked.

4 v 4 - Ice hockey style - part 2

A white attacker makes a run behind the goal, his team mate spots him and passes.

4 v 4 - Ice hockey style - part 3

A goal is scored through the back of the goal – ice hockey style.

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