Archive | 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.

Attack from midfield feature

Attack From Midfield

Improve link up play between your midfielders and centre forward with a clever session that sets up play and creates lots of goalscoring chances. Why use it This session improves the relationship between midfielders and the centre forward. Midfielders learn how to create space for a forward to receive a pass and then get into […]

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Attack Your Space

Use this effective training drill to help your young players understand the benefits of using zonal marking at corners. Why use it This is the way Rafa Benitez would defend a corner using his favoured zonal marking system. In grassroots soccer the defenders would line up and attack the space in a zone in front […]

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Go 1v1 of Make the Pass

Go 1v1 or Make the Pass

This session replicates the decisions players have to make when the ball is won in a transition with the decision between 1v1 or pass crucial to the team securing the ball. Why use it This session helps players decide whether to go 1v1 to create space to pass to the target man up front, or […]

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The Running Man

The Running Man

Use this fun session to get your players running with the ball, passing at speed and turning under pressure, just like Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne. Why use it Running with the ball isn’t just about going in one direction at one speed, players need to turn and accelerate, knock the ball into space and […]

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Flying Fullbacks

Flying Fullbacks

The sight of a defender bombing on down the over-lap is no longer seen as a surprise move from an unexpected angle but a key part of how all the best sides seek to play. Fullbacks are now a potent attacking force in the professional game – it’s very rare you see a team that […]

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2 Goal v 1 Goal Game

2 Goal v 1 Goal Game

Test your player’s decision making as they are presented with two goals in which to score. Can they switch play quickly to create a chance? Set up Area: 40 x 30 yards Equipment: 3 Goals Number of Players: 6 Outfield, 3 Goalkeepers The Rules This features three teams of three, with outside players As and […]

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U7 attacking game

U7 attacking game

It isn’t always easy to teach young players how to play the game – often when you start a match one of the players will ask you “which way are we kicking?”. So at training when you are coaching age groups like the Under 7s or 8s you need to work on what happens in […]

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The Key Player

The Key Player

Use this session to show your team the importance of a “key player” and the importance of players holding their positions and giving support to your player. Why use it This session helps you to coach a key player in your team to set up plays and unlock the opposition’s defence. Balls played into space […]

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