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4 v 4 Overload Defending

Set up

  • Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum)
  • Two teams of four players
  • One goal, no keeper

Rules

  • One team starts the game as the attacking team. One team starts the game as the defending team.
  • The game lasts for four attacks.
  • The defending team number themselves 1 to 4 and each take a turn as goalkeeper.
  • The defending team score a point for each time they stop the attackers scoring.
  • The attacking team score a point for each goal scored.
  • To start the game, one attacking player dribbles into the pitch and attempts to score in a 1v3 situation.
  • When this ball has been played a new attacker dribbles into the pitch and attempts to combine with his team mate in a 2v3 situation.
  • The game continues until all attackers are on the pitch and the game is a 4v3 (+1) situation.

 

64 small-sided games key

4 v 4 overload defending - part 1

It will take some brilliant attacking play to score 1 v 4.

4 v 4 overload defending - part 2

The defenders should be able to cope with two attackers…

4 v 4 overload defending - part 3

…but are they organized and disciplined enough to stop 4 attackers?

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