This is an easy-to-play tag game that encourages youngsters to dribble the ball and turn away from defenders. It can be used a warm-up or as part of a session on dribbling or just for fun! MORE
Objectives: To improve passing and keeping possession.
Age group: U7s to U14s.
Set up: Create a 30×20 yard playing area with a small goal at each end. Divide your players into three teams of four.
How to play: Two teams play 8v8.
The third team (‘N’ in the image) act as side supports. They roam up and down the sidelines providing support to whichever team has the ball.
The side supports cannot dribble and must pass back to the team that touched the ball last.
Players on the field cannot take the ball away from a side support player.
If the ball goes past the side support player then it is a throw-in. Play ‘one goal wins the game’. The losing team become the new side supports.
Variations: Side supports must play the ball back with their first touch or dribble the ball down the touchline and cross it or immediately swap places with the player that passes the ball to them.