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Small Sided Games

Although seen by many as a modern approach, small-sided games have been used since the 1960s as the best way to coach key skills and tactics to your players. The games in this section will help you, your players and your team to be better. We also show you some of our favourite small sided games and explain how they work with clear illustrations and simple rules.

Two goal game target man - part 1

Two Goal Game Target Man

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two end zones, 10 yards in from each goal-line Two teams of four players Two keepers No offside If the ball leaves play, you have a few re-start options: The coach passes a new ball onto the pitch The... MORE

One team possession - one team score - part 1

One Team Possession – One Team Score

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two teams of four players Four mini target goals, one on each side of the pitch Rules One team attempts to keep possession. One team attempts to win the ball and score a goal. There are a number of... MORE

Two goal game sweeper system - part 1

Two Goal Game Sweeper System

in Defending, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two end zones, 10 yards in from each goal-line Two teams of four players Two keepers No offside If the ball leaves play, you have a few re-start options: The coach passes a new ball onto the pitch The... MORE

Possession - add one - part 1

Possession – Add One

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Outer pitch size: 30 x 30 yards Inner pitch size: 15 x 15 yards Two teams of four players No goals Rules One team act as the passing team. The other team act as the defending team. The passing team spread out into the 15 x 15 yard area and begin the game... MORE

Free your team mate - part 1

Free Your Team Mate

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Mark out a circle of about 25 yards diameter using cones or markers Two teams of four players No goals Each team has one player on the pitch and three players on the outside Rules To start, pass a ball into the pitch. The two players compete for possession. The player who wins... MORE

Half field possession - part 1

Set up

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two teams of four players Divide the pitch into two halves No goals Rules To start, pass a ball into one of the teams, and call for a player from the other team to go into that half and... MORE

End zone game - part 1

End Zone Game

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two teams of four players No goals Two end zones, 10 yards in from each goal-line. Rules The aim of this game is to score a goal by dribbling out and stopping the ball in the end zone. The... MORE

Two goal game - 10 attacks - part 1

Two Goal Game – 10 Attacks

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) The pitch is divided into two attacking zones either side of a midzone Two teams of four players Two keepers One team work as the attackers One team split into two pairs and work as the defenders in each... MORE

Directional game - part 1

Directional Game

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two teams of four players Four mini goals, one on each side of the pitch Rules One player from each team enters the pitch. Start the game by feeding a ball in for a 1v1 contest. One team attacks... MORE

Through pass game - part 1

Through Pass Game

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 40 x 30 yards, split into two halves Two teams of four players Six mini goals (three at each end of the pitch) No keepers Rules Each team starts in their own half. Pass the ball to one of the teams. Immediately an opponent races into the area to pressure the... MORE

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