Apply pressure, regain possession and then use the ball in this three-part session. By MICHAEL PHILP MORE
Operation overload – Small-Sided Game
WHY USE IT
This small-sided game helps players understand the passing and moving pattern in a competitive scenario, looking for ways to create space and overloads to develop goal scoring opportunities.
Set up a playing area, relative to the age and ability of the players, with two mini goals at each end. Divide players into two teams.
HOW TO PLAY
Play a possession-based small-sided game, with equal teams if possible. To start with, goals can only be scored if a player makes an overlapping run beforehand – either to receive the ball or act as a decoy. Progress to play a normal small-sided game, but with an emphasis on overlapping runs and combination play.
Ensure players are making sharp movements to lose their markers and receive the ball in space, drawing defenders out to create space for forward passes. Passes should be played at pace, with players receiving the ball with an open body to allow them to scan and play quickly.