EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Multi-game practices

This session will take your players back to the feel of playing on a school playground. There are three different sessions in one, each with a new set of challenges so that your players will have to constantly adjust and develop their approach.

What this session is about

This session is about playing with freedom, expressing yourselves through game play. Show us your skills and your clever decision-making.

What to think about

  • This session is all about the players having freedom to express themselves and just play soccer. Encourage them to show new skills and tricks, to be creative and to challenge themselves.
  • Make sure that their technique is good, but try not to restrict them. Encourage freedom and good decision-making.

Set-up

  • Get your players to mark out the playing areas as per the diagrams.
  • Let the players decide the size of the pitch – it’s their playground.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
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What you get your players to do

  • Arrange your players into groups of three to play four simultaneous games as follows.
  • One player goes in goal.
  • The other two players play a 1 v 1 game.
  • The first player to score two goals wins and goes in goal.
  • The goalkeeper comes out and plays 1 v 1 against the other player.
1 v 1 is all about individual skill, tricks and disguise. Tell them to express themselves.

1 v 1 is all about individual skill, tricks and disguise. Tell them to express themselves.


Development

  •  Now change to two simultaneous 3 v 3 games.
  •  The players are now playing in a team so passing and movement becomes a factor, rather than just relying on individual skill and dribbling.
Now they need to add passing and movement to the game.

Now they need to add passing and movement to the game.


Game situation

Now move to one large 6 v 6 game, although each team has to defend and attack two goals. This requires a different approach again from your players. Note how they deal with the change of scale and see what issues this raises.

6 v 6 gets them to use the whole pitch, but it’s tricky defending two goals.

6 v 6 gets them to use the whole pitch, but it’s tricky defending two goals.


What to call out

  •  “Show us your skills.”
  •  “Take him on.”
  •  “Pass and move.”
  •  “Don’t let him shoot.”
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