Archive | Small Sided Games

Although seen by many as a modern approach, small-sided games have been used since the 1960s as the best way to coach key skills and tactics to your players. The games in this section will help you, your players and your team to be better. We also show you some of our favourite small sided games and explain how they work with clear illustrations and simple rules.

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Prison break

The aim of this fun game is for the prisoners to gain possession of the ball from the prison guards and organise a prison break with the help of their accomplices. Why use it Keeping hold of the ball and counterattacking are vital to this session. It’s good for fitness and to maintain concentration, with […]

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Catch it!

In this exercise players must use a chipping technique to get the ball into the hands of one of their team-mates in the target box. Why use it The chip is either used to find players in space when the opposition blocks a pass or to chip the goalkeeper. This session helps players to chip […]

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Dutch Shooting Game

Score more goals with this game that targets the final pass into a striker with quick movement and support play. The focus is on the shot but the movement and control of the ball is key to the success of the session. By David Clarke Why use it Building play up to getting a shot […]

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Tight Targets

Whether your training area is tight or you just want to work on possession skills, this session is perfect to coach players how to move the ball around neatly in a small space. Why use it This is a tight game with pressing, movement, support, skills and accurate passing. It’s brilliant for possession and to […]

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The Key Player

Use this session to show your team the importance of a ‘key player’, whose free-roaming role on the pitch tips the balance in favour of the attacking team. Why use it This session helps you to coach a key player in your team to set up plays and unlock the opposition’s defence. Balls played into […]

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4v3 Role Reversal

Reacting quickly when possession changes hands is key to teams making the most of situations when they outnumber the opposition – player roles change the moment they win or lose the ball and they need to react to that. What you tell your players the session is about Making use of an overload situation in the attacking […]

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Combining To Score

Working with pairs of attackers is a great way to get some creativity going in the final third of the pitch when your team is attacking. Players need to practice so they work out an understanding which will reap dividends on match days. What you tell your players the session is about Building an attacking partnership. Working […]

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Steal The Ball

Here’s a great game that improves ball control, as well as practising communication, shielding the ball and supporting play. Players need to be alert and listen out for their number to be called by the coach – will they remember it! How to play it Create two 20×10-yard boxes with a two-yard space in between. Split your players […]

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