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On the half-turn – small-sided game

WHY USE IT

This small-sided game, played through the thirds, tests players’ understanding of using their body shape to allow them to play forward.

SET UP

Mark out a pitch relative to the age and ability of your players. Divide pitch into thirds. The game is played as a 7v7 including two goalkeepers.

HOW TO PLAY

Transfer the ball through the thirds. It must be played through each zone before going for goal. To start, only the forwards can go for goal (this can be progressed later) and players are locked into their thirds. The idea is to work for space in the zones to allow players to play forward using the techniques learned in the two previous games.

Progression 1: Striker can set midfielder to shoot.

Progression 2: Players can move into zones to create overloads but they must have at least one outfield player in each zone.

Progression 3: Take all lines out and play freely.

COACHING POINTS

  • Play forward on half-turn whenever possible
  • If we can’t play forward play around or backwards
  • Control the tempo of game when in possession
  • Support the play when you can move through zones

1. Teams must play through the thirds to score

2. Progress to allow forwards to set the ball back to midfielders to shoot

3. Progress to allow players to move into other thirds, ensuring at least one outfielder remains in each

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