This session is designed to help coaches look at the decision-making of the players. Can they take on the defender 1v1? Or is the right decision to keep possession by passing to a team-mate? 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.
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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.
Megan Rapinoe was rewarded at the FIFA Best awards for leading the United States to the women's World Cup title in July. MORE
Lionel Messi is The Best again. Barcelona and Argentina's maestro pipped Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to win FIFA's player of the year award for a record sixth time. MORE
This game puts a time pressure on players to score match-winning goals, much like in a real game when the final whistle approaches and a team needs to score. It’s a fun session that your players will really love. MORE
This session is all about setting up and supporting an attacker. If you want your players to learn how to score from a fast counterattack, this is a great session – and it also has possession and pressing action points. MORE
Players work on through balls, angled passes, chips and more. It trains players to time their runs, arc their runs, and be creative. The zones help players practise beating the offside trap. MORE
Arsenal's David Luiz likes to push out of defence and win the ball before it is played into dangerous areas and this session encourages players to do that. MORE
This is a great session to help players understand movement in and around the attacking third of the pitch, creating space and goalscoring opportunities. MORE
This session uses an attacking overload to encourage midfielders to create scoring opportunities by combining with strikers in and around the penalty area. MORE
This is about your front two hunting down the ball, winning it and attacking together. It’s great for encouraging attackers to develop a relationship so communication is effective and scoring chances are increased. MORE
This simple game will teach your players how to win the ball and how to support an attack. This is a fast and attacking game with teams learning how to support an attack and where and when to play a pass. MORE
Use this session to improve the passing technique of your players so they can set up strikers with solid goalscoring opportunities close to goal. MORE
The training session is an excellent workout if you want to get your strikers on their toes and ready to fire shots at the goal. This is a strengthening and reaction exercise that gives players a good workout to sharpen up scoring instincts. MORE
Use this game to develop quick-thinking strikers who know how to combine to get past defenders and can create solid goalscoring chances. MORE
This session gets teams to link up play from back to front, with movement and passing options in each zone and plenty of scoring opportunities for strikers. MORE
In this session, strikers are encouraged to hit a shot at the first opportunity from wherever they are in the area. MORE
If you want your players to be creative attackers, try this fast and simple game to encourage them to beat the opposition with clever passes, shots and skills. MORE
This game creates space on the pitch that skilful players can use to take advantage of overloads and score goals. By removing players there is a short window where the space is. MORE
Turning up for training in the off-season needs some thought as you don't want to waste the time you have with your players. Think about some questions or some ideas you will be wanting to cover in the weeks before the season kicks off MORE
Using questions and giving challenges is an important part of your coaching style and can have an impact on player learning and understanding of your coaching sessions. When you use questions make sure you don’t immediately tell the answer or if it is a question to the group don’t always pick the player who puts... MORE
In the quiet times between seasons I get my players together once a week and we play different small-sided games to keep the players up to speed with their skills. It leads nicely into pre-season training. MORE
If you want to score more goals when playing at home, use this training session to teach your players how to attack all-out. This session is all about copying the attacking style of Manchester City MORE
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
This is a favourite game of mine in which players do anything they can to keep the ball or they get substituted MORE