EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Three team triangle games

This training session is designed to encourage your players to play with the freedom that they might have in a school playground where they are in control of the environment.

What this session is about

1. Competing against two other teams simultaneously.
2. Being alert and ready for the next challenge or opportunity.

What to think about

  • This practice initially focuses on individual skills such as dribbling, shooting and 1v1 attack and defend. Look for good technique throughout and point out any technical errors to your players as you proceed. Do they have the ball under control? Are they shooting low and hard, placing the ball, or just blasting it at the goalkeeper.
  • Then the session is progressed to a team game where these skills are to be applied to a team environment if the team is to be successful. Can your players exploit the spaces? Is their movement good?

Set-up

  • Arrange your players into groups of three with one nominated goalkeeper per team.
  • The goalkeeper can be rotated so that everyone has a turn at attacking.
  • Let the players set out the pitch as in the diagrams – it’s their playground!
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
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What you get your players to do

  • The practice starts with one player from each team attacking the goal to their left.
  • They must dribble and shoot to score past the goalkeeper.
  • Ensure that they use good technique and that they play at match intensity.
Get your players to be direct and play with match intensity.

Get your players to be direct and play with match intensity.


Development

  • Now each team introduces a defender.
  • The players again take it in turn to attack the goal to their left, but this time they must beat a defender on the way.
  • Look at their decision-making. What skills do they use to beat the defender?
Against a defender they need to be more clever. What skills can they use to beat him?

Against a defender they need to be more clever. What skills can they use to beat him?


Game situation

Now all the outfield players play simultaneously with one ball – a 2 v 2 v 2 game! Each team starts with 10 lives and they lose a life each time they concede a goal. Again, look for good decision-making. How do the outfield players organise themselves and how do they respond to winning or losing possession?

2 v 2 v 2 is all about decision-making.

2 v 2 v 2 is all about decision-making.


What to call out

  • “Be direct”
  • “Learn from your mistakes”
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