Middle or Wide Advantage

Set up

  • Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum)
  • Two keepers
  • Two teams of four players
  • One team play with all four players on the pitch
  • The other team play with two players on the pitch and two wide players off the pitch
  • This set up gives the teams different tactics when in possession and when defending.


White team

The white team have all four players on the pitch.

When in possession they need to pass the ball quickly in order to create an opening to score a goal.

In defence, this team can pressure quickly as they have the extra players and attempt to force the black players to play inside and not towards their wide advantage.

Black team

In possession the black team need to try to pass out wide quickly. This enables them to get another one of their players into the game.

The receiving wide player can choose to dribble down the outside unopposed or dribble onto the pitch and attempt to score. In defence, the black team must try to drop off and reduce the space for the white team to exploit.


64 small-sided games key

Middle or wide advantage - part 1

Start with 4v2. The team in possession must look to use their use their numbers advantage to score quickly.

Middle or wide advantage - part 2

The black team have won possession but the white team are forcing them inside preventing use of their wide players.

Middle or wide advantage - part 3

But the black team manage to get the ball wide and the attack is on.

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