Your defence has stayed strong - now it is time to launch a counter-attack from the back. By MICHAEL BEALE MORE
Small Sided Games
Small-sided games are games with a small number of players on each side, for example 3 v 3 or 5 v 5. The key point is that because there are fewer players, each player gets more touches of the ball, and there are many additional benefits.
Soccer Coach Weekly recommends the use of small-sided games as a key part of your coaching program, and as a subscriber you can access 128 specially designed games, in a format that you can easily print and take to training. Once the games are set up and running and the players understand the rules, there’s no coaching, and the players take responsibility.
Alternatively you can buy all the games in printed or ebook format here.
The games in the section below will help your players to improve on individual and team skills. They are simple to set up, guarantee more player participation, with more passes attempted, and more goals scored.
This session focuses on defensive principles and developing defensive techniques. By DAN FAIRHURST MORE
This session develops players' spatial awareness and ability to exploit that space. By STEVE GREENWOOD MORE
This fun three-part session develops players’ 1v1 skills and increases confidence on the ball. By JOE KIRKLAND MORE
Challenge your players’ first touch with this variable and opposed session. By STUART BLAKE MORE
This session develops players’ awareness and ability to press confidently as a unit. By STEVE GREENWOOD MORE
Develop your players’ ability to create goal-scoring opportunities from wide areas. By STEVE GREENWOOD MORE
This session develops awareness and movement to build through defence and midfield. By SEAN FRASER MORE
This session develops players’ awareness and movement for third-man combinations. By DAVID ALTENDORFF MORE
This session develops players out-of-possession, working on delaying, denying and dictating. By GABRIEL HEIDLER MORE
This three-part session plan helps develop play into and around a team’s centre forward. MORE
It is important to press defenders and not give them chance to play long passes that can catch an unwary defence out. Coaching players to force the player at the back to play short gives chances for team mates to push on and win possession. MORE
When you hear mentor's talking about getting your coaching point across to get the best out of your players, one of the ways to ensure all your players are tuning into your coaching is to use small-sided games. In these games you get a much clearer picture of which players are picking up on the coaching points you have been making. MORE
Getting set up to score goals is vital to the success of your team. It needs a simple bit of skill in this game to get players scoring goals. MORE
When one player on the opposition is running the game make sure your players know how to mark him/her and stop the team taking advantage. MORE
Anticipate the ball being played through the lines and intercept passes by blocking passing routes. Players will also need to be able to tackle and win the ball MORE
This tactical game is great for getting players thinking about who should be the attacker and how to make the most of points given to players MORE
Teams can turn up and launch long balls behind your defenders. This game will get players watching for, and reacting to, the danger of the long ball. MORE
One of the ways to improve your team in 2021 is to get them communicating on the pitch. Players do this by verbal and non verbal actions, like pointing where they want a ball to be passed or calling for the ball when overlapping from behind like a fullback running outside a winger. MORE
This session is all about saving long shots and making sure any rebounds go safe. Long shots can cause problems if the goalkeeper drops the ball – lurking attacker only needs a sniff of the ball and it’ll be in the net. MORE
We've had a lot of fun games this season with all the stopping and starting of the leagues due to coronavirus. But when I ask the players what it is they want to do they nearly always ask for a shooting game. With only one match left before Christmas this is a great time to work on the vital areas of the game like shooting at goal. MORE
This session shows you how to open up the pitch and exploit space behind the defence. Your players will learn how to drag defenders to one side and switch play across the pitch in order to pull defenders apart and create space in the middle. MORE
This session will give players the confidence to use their craft and vision to be able to switch play from one side of the pitch to the other MORE
You can use this small sided game as a warm up or warm down – the winning team is the first to have all four players on the pitch and complete 6 consecutive passes. MORE