When you watch an attacker like Alex Morgan of the US Women’s National Team you know how hard she has to work in training to be that good on match days. So good she can score five goals in a World Cup game. 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 is a favourite game of mine in which players do anything they can to keep the ball or they get substituted MORE
A strong defence is a great foundation to launch counter attacks. In Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid team the strong tackling defensive set up wins the ball and wins games by capitalising on counter attacking. MORE
When keepers catch the ball they can distribute quickly and set up a counterattack. This session has keepers on their toes trying to catch crosses, distribute quickly and save shots. MORE
Teach your goalkeeper how to turn dangerous angled shots away to safety by using this competitive end-to-end training game. MORE
Shooting from midfield is a great way to get your team to catch the opposition out. Use this session to get players lining up shots. Players can be scared to shoot from distance but this session will make sure they start doing it in matches. MORE
Teach your players how to win vital games and how to keep trying until the end. This fun promotion and relegation session involves a lot of different winning scenarios. MORE
Teach your team how to score late in the game by throwing more players forward and playing the ball into your attackers from wide positions. MORE
Run this training session if you want your players to be as rock solid in defence when facing up to a counterattacking threat in a final game MORE
In this fun and challenging training exercise your players will have to be accurate at speed to win the game. MORE
This competitive training session will teach your players to beat the offside trap by making defence-splitting runs onto well played through balls MORE
This game encourages players to cross accurately and quickly to cause chaos in opposition defences. When they receive the ball on the wing, they will put in a great first-time cross to catch out a retreating defense. MORE
Use this session to teach your young players how to use movement in order to disrupt a defence and create passing opportunities MORE
Use this 4+4 v 4 box to give your back four a good work out in blocking passing lanes when attackers are trying to play through balls to get behind the defence. MORE
This small-sided game looks to develop combination play to penetrate from the middle third to the attacking third to score goals. MORE
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
The session helps to advance the development of players by making them work at speed where first touch is vital to success in the session. MORE
The session is all about time on the ball and players making decisions in attack and defence. Puts skills into game context MORE
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
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
Drill your defenders to cover each other while one of them deals with an incoming long ball that threatens your goal. Soon they’ll be experts at last-ditch defending. MORE
Use this session to teach your players how to build up from the back by working on the passing of your keeper and on the possession play of your defenders and midfielders. MORE
A complex soccer coaching drill to help your players develop the skills they need to deliver three kinds of cross. MORE
This session looks at improving the speed of passing moves in attacking situations. It uses fast counter-attacking as a key weapon using the quickest and most dangerous route to goal. MORE