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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.

An example of a small-sided soccer game used to help players have more touches of the ball in a training session

An example of a small-sided game being used to teach strikers to shoot

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.

Hot cross buns

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Teach your players to finish off solid scoring chances in front of goal using this fast training session that encourages balls played into the box from various angles MORE

Close encounters

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session teaches players to create chances from tight spaces near goal. The challenge of time makes it important to play in the tight space. Players learn the benefits of playing quickly when tightly marked. MORE

The X Files

in Passing, Small Sided Games

If you want to see how your players could perform in a midfield sweeper role, use this realistic session to help them become comfortable playing in tight areas. MORE

Front press

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

The session is all about players who are ahead of the ball being able to recover to get behind it when possession is lost, forming a defensive unit or to pressing opponents when they have the ball. MORE

Different types of defending

Defending in twos

in Defending, Small Sided Games

The four games in this activity provide players with opportunities to learn individual technique as well as visual cues that can help them decide when and where to provide cover. MORE


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