How long should my small-sided game take at the end of our training sessions?

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Dave says

There’s no set answer to how long a small-sided game should be. It depends on the number of players you have – a 4v4 game isn’t going to last much more than 10 minutes and, for most coaches, it’s the period of time left between the last drill and when parents turn up to take their kids home!

In an ideal world, the length of a small-sided game should be dictated by the amount of time required for each child to be able to ‘play out’ some of what was practised in the session, as that’s really the whole point of the game.

If every player can put what he has learnt into a match situation, then both you and the players will have succeeded.

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