The Real Madrid game

Objective: to improve speed of play, passing skills and taking goalscoring opportunities.

Age group: 7-14

Set up: Place a 5-yard wide goal made with two poles or cones in the middle of a 30×30 playing area.

Divide your players into two teams of four plus one ‘keeper.

How to play: Both teams try to score in the goal.

They can score from either side of the goal.

Play for 10 minutes.


1. Help your players work out how to deal with ‘numbers up’ and ‘numbers down’ situations by playing 5v3.

2. Each team selects a target player who is the only player who can score.

3. Play with three teams of three and two balls.

Being able to score in either side of the goal provides more opportunities to recognise when there is an opportunity to score, either directly or by switching play to the other side of the goal.

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