Soccer Outnumbered & Majority Exercises

Are you looking for some quality soccer exercises to improve your team’s majority & outnumbered abilities? Then this page is just the thing for you. With these four training examples you can immediately head off to the soccer training field. Click on one of the majority & outnumbered exercises to get to the description. If that is not enough for you, then register on planet.training and start finding thousands of exercises in our database.

3 vs 3 with neutral passer

QÜ2

Set up

For this exercise you need a big goal and four cones, because the main part of this exercise will take place inside the penalty area. You need to set up a cone box about 10m in front of the penalty area. Once the exercise is set up, you need one goalkeeper, one neutral passer for the cone box and two teams of 3, that will play a “3 on 3” inside the penalty area.

Execution

The neutral player (orange) starts the exercise by passing the ball to a player of the attacking team (red). After the opening pass, the three attacking players try to get a free shot on the goal, through a quick passing game. If the defensive pressure is too big they can pass back to the neutral player, so that he can set up a new attack. However there is a limit of three back passes and 30 seconds to an attack. If the ball is lost, time is expired or the goalkeeper saves the ball the attack is over.

Playing time: 7 attacks per team – Which teams puts more goals on the scoreboard?

The ball doesn’t move on its own…

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4 (+4) vs 4 on several goals

Set up

Divide the group into three teams of 4 (you can vary the amount of players in a team). Place 5 cone/pole goals with a width of 3m, on the pitch (30m x 30m). Adjust the size of the field and goals to the amount of players.

Execution

Two teams (red and orange) play as one versus the third team. The 4+4 team is the ball controlling team and tries to create spacing, through fast passing and good positional play. Goals can be scored, when succesfully passing and receiving the ball through cone/pole goals. The third team of four tries to keep the two attacking teams from scoring, with maintaining a good positional play.

Playing time: 6 games of 2 minutes – Each team of 4 will be playing defense twice.

QÜ5
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4 vs 2 with counter attack

QÜ6

Set up

For this exercise you will need one half of a regular pitch, where a “4 vs 2” will be played. 10 meter in front of the halfway line, set up a pole goal (Width of penalty area). Place enough balls behind both goals. Divide the group into teams of 4 and line up one goalkeeper between the posts. Two players of the defending team will wait as substitutes next to the goal.

Execution

This exercise consists of a regular “4 vs 2” game, with both teams having the opportunity to score a goal. The attacking team (green) will start the game from the pole goal and will try to make use of the majority situation, through a quick passing game. The game will restart in front of the pole goal, with the attacking team maintaining ball possession after a goal or a missed shot. If the two defenders can intercept the ball from the attacking team, they will have the opportunity to score a counter attack goal by dribbling across the goalline of the pole goal. After two minutes the two waiting defenders will come into the game for the other two.

Playing time: Two 4 minute games will be played with each team being the attacking team once.

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4 (+4) vs 4 – Inside the penalty area

Set up

This exercises requires a penalty box and a game sized goal. Divide the group into three teams of 4 and give them different coloured bibs. Two of the teams will be inside the penalty box, whilst the third team will scatter outside of it (see drawing).

Execution

The two teams inside the penalty box will play a regular “4 vs 4” with a goalkeeper between the posts, in which they can’t leave the penalty area. The neutral team, which is outside the box will play with the attacking team the whole time. The so called “wall players” (Team outside the box) is limited to two ball touches per player, before they have to pass the ball to the next player (orange and white). After scoring a goal, the goalkeeper will throw the ball to a player outside of the box, to start the next attack. The previously attacking players remains the offensive team. If the defense wins the ball or the goalkeeper saves a shot, they will pass the ball to the “wall players” before the defending team will becomes the attacking one – Change of ball possession!

Playing time: 3 x 5 minutes – Each team will play outside of the box once

Soccer exercise - Outnumbered in the box