64 Small-Sided Soccer Games

Now all your players can get more touches, make more passes, score more goals and enjoy every coaching session you run
Michael Beale

Michael Beale’s 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games manual is essential for coaching every aspect of your players’ game, from individual core skills to team-based attacking strategies. These small-sided games will help stimulate your players and accelerate their learning abilities.

Each game guarantees sufficient touches for each player, enabling them to develop their “soccer vision.” You can run several games simultaneously, focusing on different disciplines, so that your players get the most out of each session.

“…invaluable when it comes to planning my coaching sessions.” Stephen Brown, Lower Maze FC, Northern Ireland.

Order 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games to give your team all the skills, techniques and strategies they need to be successful.

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Small-sided games are recognised throughout grassroots and professional coaching as one of the best methods to coach soccer skills and tactics. There are so many benefits to using them.

– More player participation

– More touches of the ball

– More passes attempted

– More 1v1s attempted

– More goals scored

– More goalkeeper participation

– No referee needed

– No results recorded

– Players take responsibility

– Different games mean different problems to solve and skills to use
There are dozens of coaching manuals out there that can help specific aspects of your game, but that’s the problem:

They all assume you have the crucial basics down – the positive foundation to build upon…which to be honest, most teams just don’t have.

64 Small-Sided Soccer Games is here to change all that. All while keeping enjoyment a central part of the game!

No coaching – the game is the teacher

I’m a firm believer in the idea that players learn the game from playing. I’ve designed these games to help coach players in every aspect of the game, from individual core skills, to team-based attacking strategies.

These games are tried, tested and proven with both grassroots beginners and top youth players in professional academies. They are designed to stimulate players and lead them down the most effective paths of learning.

Some games get your players working on passing skills in competitive scenarios, while others are more tactically focused, providing your players with the skills to see the opportunities before them on the pitch.

Players will develop core skills through the sheer number of touches that each game guarantees. At the same time they will develop “football vision” – the ability to see spaces on the pitch – as each game is played in realistic game conditions.

And because of the pitch dimensions, you can run several games simultaneously, perhaps focusing on different disciplines, so that all of your players are playing all of the time.

64 Small-Sided Soccer Games will give you an array of skills, techniques and strategies to give your team an edge.

So why not be grab yourself a copy of this unique resource?

Why small-sided games work

The inspiration for the use of small-sided games in coaching lies in street football and “kickabouts” on the nearest available patch of grass – small groups of players playing intense, high-tempo, skilful, competitive-yet-fun football.

It’s widely held that the practice was first adopted as a structured coaching method by the Dutch Football Association back in the 1970s under the guidance of Rinus Michels, the inspiration behind what became known as “Total Football”.

The Dutch recognised the decline in street football and the damaging effect that would have on developing players in future generations. They formulated the 4v4 method as a response and it became widely known as “the Dutch way”.

Fast forward all those years to now, and the Dutch have produced some of the best football teams the world has ever seen, and influenced the likes of F.C. Barcelona – an amazing achievement for a nation of that size.

The legendary Tony Carr, former Director of the West Ham United Academy also tells of how, when he was a player at West Ham in the 1960s, the great Ron Greenwood used small-sided games at the heart of his coaching philosophy.

Greenwood produced players of the calibre of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters – and Tony himself continued his philosophy, developing some of the best players in the modern English game – including Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Frank Lampard and John Terry.

Huge, successful names. All developed with that simple blueprint: the Dutch-inspired use of small-sided games.

Easy to use, quick to start and perfect for developing the technique of young players – small-sided games are a huge asset to coaches of all levels
Regardless of its origins, small-sided games work and more and more grassroots coaches and international associations are realising the benefits of the approach.

Simply put, players and teams get better – faster!

What you’ll find inside this manual

  • Exactly what it says on the cover: 64 small-sided games for soccer; one per page, covering every aspect of the game
  • Set up instructions listing equipment needed and how to lay out the pitch
  • Rules of each game clearly explained so that everyone knows what they’re doing
  • Three illustrations for each game to help you and your players visualise the progression of the game

Clever Design

I designed 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games with you, the coach, in mind. At the top of this page you’ll see an inside look, giving you a chance to see first-hand what you’ll be investing in. here’s some key things to look out for:

Set Up

Short bullet points noting everything you’ll need to run the drill – from the size of the area to the number of balls, cones, and of course players.


Each session is a game, so here you’ll find each game’s own clear rules to make it easy to understand, repeat, and enjoy.

3 easy-to-use steps

Painstakingly crafted for your ease of use, each game contains 3 crisp illustrations – one for each step so you can easily visualise the sequence of movements that are involved in each game.


Makes sure you can differentiate between runs, dribbles and passes in the illustrations.


Underlining what’s happening in each illustration, my personally attributed captions explain what needs to happen at each stage of the session, and in each illustration.

You can buy 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games in two formats:

An A4 PDF document to store on your computer. You can help the environment by saving trees and using less chemical-based ink by only printing out the games you need for the day.

An A4 spiral bound printed report with waterproof covers for your bookshelf, desk or kitbag. Spiral bound means you can use it without having to hold the page open as with most bound books. You can copy or print as many copies as you like for distribution to your players and colleagues in your club.

Or, get both formats – get the best of both and SAVE money! Combine the benefits of immediate PDF delivery and the ease of printing individual drills with the practicality and durability of the colour printed version.

Dramatically improve your team’s performance

As an experienced youth football coach, I know three things to be true about small-sided games:

  1. They have improved my players’ technique.
  2. They have boosted our team performance.
  3. We have a lot of fun playing them.

64 Small-Sided Soccer Games will give you a ready-made answer to all of your coaching issues. Not scoring enough goals? Use a finishing game. Need your defence to work more as a unit? We have defensive games. Passing not sharp enough? Take your pick. You could use a different game each session without repeating yourself all season.

Your players will love these games. They’ll grow in confidence and maturity, their decision-making will be enhanced and their skill and control will be super-charged.

Try the sample page. Print it out and take it to practise. Your players will love it.

64 Small-Sided Soccer Games is only available here, so order now and take your players to the next level.


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7 reviews for 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games

  1. Joe Bloggs


  2. Lewis Evans and Nick Gwyther

    Myself and my assistant have found this book superb, we currently coach under 7s and the simplicity of the diagrams and the list of instructions has made understanding and performing the drills easy and fun with the boys.

  3. Andrew Homent

    I have found the sessions incredibly helpful with my coaching. They are simple to set up and easy to follow for both players and coaches. The simplicity of the sessions allows you to get more out of them.

  4. Stephen Brown

    I would just like to say that I found the manual to be invaluable when it comes to planning my coaching sessions. All the small-sided games are expertly illustrated, making them easy to understand and put into practice on a training night

  5. Dave Edwards

    Great book! When ideas run thin, there is always an idea within the book to help. Also when I’m not available the book helps parents who step in to take a session.

  6. Rick Gennario

    I found the manual very helpful and covering a range of skill levels to fit my players. Since I coach in a rec league, I found the games that were less complicated more useful. In any event, the emphasis on small field, fewer players, helped keep all players active during each exercise. I found this to be most beneficial.

  7. Kevin Barrow

    I have found the sessions incredibly helpful with my coaching. They are simple to set up and easy to follow for both players and coaches. The simplicity of the sessions allows you to get more out of them.

    They act as a great tool for individual skills, techniques, and as a fitness tool and can easily be adapted for your players into functions and phases which I’ve found very good for coaching 11 v 11 football.

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Michael Beale is a world renowned coach and author of the best-selling 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games coaching manual.

A former player at Charlton, Michael moved into coaching with the Chelsea academy at Cobham and established himself as one of the best youth developers in the game.

During this time, Michael authored a number of hugely successful coaching manuals including 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games, Soccer Attack!, Perfect Defending and The Ultimate Soccer Warm-Ups Manual (all published by Soccer Coach Weekly and available here).

Having worked under and learnt from a number of high-profile Chelsea managers during a decade at Cobham, Michael made the move to Liverpool in 2012 where he coached the U23 team from 2012 to 2016. In 2017 he moved to Sao Paolo and took the role of assistant manager but returned to Liverpool 6 months later.

After a year as academy manager at Liverpool Michael moved to Rangers and became first team coach working under Steven Gerrard.

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