It is important for young players to recognise when the ball is passed to them by looking up at all times giving them more chance to control the ball MORE
“I Need A Doctor!” small sided game
I Need a Doctor! is a fun small sided game. It improves players’ co-ordination, dribbling skills and ability to make decisions.
Set-up: To play the small sided game, create a 20-yard square with two 4×4 “hospitals” marked within the square with flat cones.
Divide your players into two teams. Every player has a ball.
How to play: One team dribbles in the playing area while the other team of attackers attempts to hit them with their ball below the knee.
Players who are hit become “patients” and call “doctor!” while holding their ball above their head.
The dribbling team has two “doctors” who are based in the “hospitals”.
They can save any of their patients by leaving the hospital and touching them but if either doctor is hit below the knee by a ball, the game is over and the attacking team wins.
Play two minute rounds. If the doctors aren’t hit by a ball, the team with the least number of patients when time is called is the winner.