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
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.
‘The Dutch 4v4’ is a small-sided game blueprint that has been at the heart of producing a vast array of talented individuals. It is the Dutch way to pick out problems during the match, create similar training models, and use them to develop the players. MORE
Both teams must try to win and keep possession of the ball. A goal is awarded to the team that completes a certain number of passes (a minimum of 5 for younger players). The game is played for a set time period. MORE
Small-sided games are a fantastic way of getting players to work together to score lots of goals with every single player having a big part to play in the game. Small-sided games are not ideal for coaching player positional roles but they do get players to face match relevant situations. MORE
If your team hasn't won a match for a while, you need to get your players back to basics and working on their core skills. Try this small sided game to help them with their basic skills MORE
The session is all about time on the ball and players making decisions in attack and defence. Puts skills into game context MORE
Quick shooting and pressing by the opposition creates a fast, fun shooting game which focuses player’s minds on shooting and stopping shots. MORE
This session combines specific moves to help players understand team play and decision-making by playing out from the back MORE
At my club we are going to coach right through to the new season with no break. My players are desperate for some contact games but I am careful they don't go too full on because they haven't done contact for some time. MORE
I shall be using small-sided games with my players to give them an exciting way to get back to competitive play and also for myself to see how working on their technique during the non-competitive stage has helped them in game play. MORE
Over the next few weeks I hope to make it easy for you to plan your route back to full training with sessions that you can use within the constraints of the numbers you can use at training. MORE
This is an effective training session to teach your wingers to drop back into defence to help the team in order to double up on attackers and win the ball MORE
This session focuses on hitting wide areas with the use of group attacks and switching. It works on the basic play used to develop attacking moves to get from one third to the next to create goal scoring chances. MORE
A long throw when teams are in the attacking third of the pitch can be as effective as a corner kick or a free-kick. Use this session to identify a couple of players who can perfect the technique. Set up You need balls, bibs, cones and two goals. Set up an area 30 x 20... MORE
This session is all about creating overloads while playing out from the back, through midfield and into attack, creating 1v1, 2v1, 2v2 and 3v2 situations. MORE
Use this session as a way of getting fast breaking teams to tear through a static defence and create lots of goalscoring chances. In this game players are working in groups to beat a defence in a transition type of situation which will happen often in matches. MORE
Teams must be in control of the match by scoring first – then they have to build on that to win the game. This is all about taking control of the game by scoring a goal and then changing direction. MORE
Central defenders working together with a keeper and a defensive midfielder is a good way control the dangerous areas in front of goal and repel attacks away from that area. MORE
This session helps attackers to understand how their movement and position in relation to the player nearest the ball can effect the play. MORE
Possession of the ball on the edge of the penalty area should result in creating goal scoring chances. If not the reason could be they’re making the wrong decisions. It gets your players to make correct decisions on the edge of the penalty area MORE
This training session is a good workout for forwards pressing and forcing mistakes high up the pitch. It also helps to develop link play in the final third. MORE
This is a game to be played like basketball or rugby style passing the ball in the hands to show how players make one-twos and third man runs. MORE
I'm one of the lucky ones. Where I coach there is acres of space to do sessions that need big spaces to work in. But then again I rarely use big spaces when I coach! I like to work in tight areas. MORE
Obviously kids thoroughly enjoy scrimmaging and coaches can use games to teach players without them realizing they are learning. Not only does this game help players stay connected but also starts introducing finishing and expands players range of passing. MORE