EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Small Sided Games

Small-sided games are games with a small number of players on each side, for example 3 v 3 or 5 v 5. The key point is that because there are fewer players, each player gets more touches of the ball, and there are many additional benefits.

Soccer Coach Weekly recommends the use of small-sided games as a key part of your coaching program, and as a subscriber you can access 128 specially designed games, in a format that you can easily print and take to training. Once the games are set up and running and the players understand the rules, there’s no coaching, and the players take responsibility.

Alternatively you can buy all the games in printed or ebook format here.

An example of a small-sided soccer game used to help players have more touches of the ball in a training session

An example of a small-sided game being used to teach strikers to shoot

The games in the section below will help your players to improve on individual and team skills. They are simple to set up, guarantee more player participation, with more passes attempted, and more goals scored.

Play out, go out - part 1

Play Out, Go Out

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 No goals Both teams must have two players on the pitch and two players on the outside of the pitch If the ball leaves play, pass a new ball onto the pitch Rules The... MORE

Gates game - part 1

Gates Game

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 30 yards Two teams of four players Five gates made from cones No goals Rules There are a number of ways this game can be played and scored: The player in possession must dribble through a gate to score. The player in possession must make a pass through the... MORE

Possession vs pressure - part 1

Possession v Pressure

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 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 players take a roll in The players take a... MORE

Possession game - part 1

Possession Game

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 No goals No 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 players take a roll in The players... MORE

4 v 4 - Ice hockey style - part 1

4 v 4 – Ice Hockey Style

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 Two goals made using cones or poles Two goalkeepers (optional) Rules As with most small-sided games, the emphasis is on pass and move. The players can score in the front or back of the... MORE

4 v 4 build up to score - part 1

4 v 4 Build Up To Score

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 One goal, one keeper Rules One team starts the game as the attacking team. One team starts the game as the defending team. The game is played for four balls and then the roles... MORE

Two goal game one touch finish - part 1

Two Goal Game One Touch Finish

in Shooting, 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 offside If the ball leaves play, you have a few re-start options: The coach passes a new ball onto the pitch The players take a roll in The players take a throw in... MORE

Four goal game must score in each goal - part 1

Four Goal Game Must Score In Each Goal

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 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 players take a roll in The players take a... MORE

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

Two goal game score in the end zone - part 1

Two Goal Game Score in the End Zone

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 Two empty goals No offside If the ball leaves play, you have a few re-start options: The coach passes a new ball onto the pitch The players take a roll in The players take... 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

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

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

4 v 4 overload defending - part 1

4 v 4 Overload Defending

in Defending, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two teams of four players One goal, no keeper Rules One team starts the game as the attacking team. One team starts the game as the defending team. The game lasts for four attacks. The defending team number themselves... 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

3 zone playmaker game - part 1

3 Zone Playmaker Game

in Midfield, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 40 x 30 yards, divided into three narrow strips Each zone has a target goal at each end Two teams of four players Rules Three players on each team go into their own 1v1 zone. One player from each team is the “playmaker” (P in the diagrams). Possession starts with the... MORE

Two goal and end zone - part 1

Two Goal and End Zone

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two goals, one at either side of the pitch Two end zones, 5 yards deep, at either end of the pitch Two teams of four players Rules This game is a combination of two games – the Two Goal... MORE



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