Small-sided games are a great way to give your players lots of touches of the ball and get them back on track for playing matches. Try these four small-sided games that work on different aspects of your players’ technique. A great tactic to practice in a small-sided game is counter-attacking after winning the ball at... MORE
Four pass strike
With just four passes before a shot has to be made, your players will learn how break from midfield with pace and precision
Why use it
Speed and incision are key elements in lightning breaks from midfield and this session uses fast movement to play past and eliminate opponents. Accelerating across open areas of the pitch with swift and slick support play are the coaching points in this session
Set up an area of 35×30 yards split into three zones: the outer zones are 15 yards and the central zone is 10 yards. We are using 12 players in this session and the teams line up with two players in the home zone, two in the central zone and one in the attacking zone. You need balls, bibs, cones and two goals.
How to do it
Players have four passes to score from the moment they get possession. Any more and possession is turned over. Players must stay in their zones if they are defending but when they have the ball they are free to roam all zones.
In a match situation the reality of recovery means that within five passes the opposition defenders will have time to recover and get back behind the ball, so the game revolves around a quick four passes and a shot.
- 1. Players have to create a goal scoring chance within four passes or possession is lost
- 2. Players are locked into the zones but are released when they have possession
- 3. The goalkeeper spots an opportunity to get into the midfield quickly and players combine to score
- 4. Movement of players in possession is vital for success of the session
5. Here the attacking team lose the ball and a lightning burst from midfield sets the opposition away