Training Sessions for the 4-3-3

One of our latest books has generated a lot of interesting. Both the hard copy and the eBook version of ‘Training Sessions for the 4-3-3‘ have been a very popular choice of coaches visiting The book is a guide that provides exercises, drills and small-sided games that teach players how to perform the roles and responsibilities of each position in a 4-3-3 formation.

Here are a couple of exercises from the book as a example.




  • 6 to 8 players.
  • Two teams of 3 or 4 players (3×3 or 4×4) in a reduced field of dimensions of 15×15 meters.
  • Each team will have two smaller goals to defend and two smaller goals to score.
  • Each player can give a maximum of 3 touches on the ball. If more touches than allowed the ball will be given to the opposite team.
  • The player may not, in any circumstances, stand still inside of the goal, making the role of goalkeeper. Also will not be allowed to slide under any circumstances, be mark, avoid the goal or steal the ball.
  • Not worth high goal. Will only be accepted the low goal anywhere in the field.
  • Any lack of place that happened will be charged, and the marker to get at least 2 steps away from the ball.
  • Each match will have duration of 1 minute and a half to 2 minutes and, at the end of this time, losing field teams will exchange field.
  • Exercise that works the very tactic, since the player has to move enough within the field, escaping the marking and finding spaces to receive the pass.


You can put a player in each team (4×4) or add a “Joker”, which will play with the team that has the ball.


  • You can increase or decrease the number of touches on the ball for each player.
  • There may be a rotation of winning teams rather than defeated.
  • Can be done in the form of a competition between the teams, further increasing the competitiveness among them.
  • Can be made a free work, in the form of active recovery of players, without rules, more free-form.





  • 10 players by reduced field.
  • Four teams of 5 players (5×5) reduced into two fields: one of 15×15 meters and the other of 25×25 meters.
  • The bigger filed will have 8 smaller goals and each team will have to defend 4.


  • The smaller field will have 4 smaller goals and each team will have to defend 2.
  • The rules are the same as in the previous exercise, with 4 smaller goals.
  • The biggest difference here is that each team will have at least two matches in fields with different dimensions and suit your positioning and movement in each situation.
  • This exercise is good for working the issue of adaptation to the tactical and defensive positioning on the pitch, in order to occupy better spaces and avoid the opponent to score.
  • This type of exercise was happening less frequently in practice than the previous one, but it was always celebrated by players when happened.



  • You can vary the number of smaller goals, using 3 and 6, 2 and 4 for example.
  • You can make a field with goal odd number, where can only mark who has possession of the ball and after a certain number of consecutive passes, but this is a variation that requires more attention on the part of the players.
  • You can limit the number of touches on the ball for the players.

These are just a couple of examples of tactical exercises. The book also contains warm-up, shooting and finishing as well as technical exercises that specifically apply to the 4-3-3.

Have a great day,


One Comment

  1. Lance says:

    if only all of us had access to even two goals on a training day, let alone four, six or eight?!?! 🙂