EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Nickers

Objectives: To improve dribbling and passing skills, teamwork, decision making.

Age range: U5s to U8s.

Set-up: Create a 25×20 yards playing area with a three-yard home base in each corner.

Divide your players equally into four teams.

Each team is allocated a home base.

Place at least 12 soccer balls in the centre of the playing area.

How to play: On your command, the first player from each team runs to the centre of the playing area and dribbles a ball back to their home base.

When the first player gets back, the second player goes.

When all the balls have been captured, allow each team 30 seconds to steal balls from the other teams’ home bases.

Note: Balls that are in the home bases must not be guarded!

At the end of the 30 seconds, the team with the most balls in their home base is the winner.

Nickers: Get balls from the middle and then steal from the other teams' stashes.

This is one my U6s favourite games! Play two or three rounds then move the players 
so they are in different teams.

Progression: Ask your players if there is a quicker way to get balls back to their base. Let them think about this then play the game again with no restrictions.

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