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 There are many debates on how best to coach the next generation of football players.

This manual is putting forward the case for the 4v4 games method.

In recent years, the 4v4 method has rapidly increased in popularity across Europe and North America however this method is certainly not a new one.

The method was introduced by the Dutch Football Association back in the 1980’s under the guidance of Rinus Michel’s, the creator of total football.

The Dutch recognised the decline in street football and the damaging effects it would have on developing players in future generations.

This is how the 4v4 method was born and it’s widely known as “the Dutch way”.

In this two part manual we have designed over 30 different 4v4 games.

The games are tried and tested with both grassroots beginners and top youth players in professional academies.

The games are designed to stimulate the players and lead them down a path of learning.

These manuals bring the 4v4 concept into the new era and will develop your players in a fun, player led environment.

Below is a list of benefits for the 4v4 method

• No coaching, the game is the teacher.

• Simple to set up.

• Simplifies the choices in possession pass, dribble and shoot.

• More player participation.

• Different games bring different problems to solve and skills used.

• More touches of the ball.

• More passes attempted.

• More 1v1’s attempted.

• More goals scored.

• When used, keeper participation is greatly increased.

• No refs.

• No results recorded.

• No positions, just footballers.

• Children take responsibility.


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