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.

Principles of attack

Success in transitions

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session ensures players remain physically and mentally alert at all times, always aware of the concept of using available space in order to make maximum use of the ball. It’s a fast session that rehearses overloads, shooting, passing and movement in the same manner that your players will encounter in a match MORE

Rondo squares

Rondo Squares

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Based on the Barcelona possession game Rondo, this game will help your players to keep the ball off the opposition giving themselves more chance of scoring goals MORE

Transition Success

Transition success

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

In the professional game there are around 200 turnovers of the ball in every match – so players need to practice how to deal with them. Reacting to turnover balls is vital at youth level because often teams are switched off to the positives and negatives MORE

Striker 1v1s

Strikers winning 1v1s

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

A clever striker can find space with ease when he goes 1v1 with the opposition defenders – get past the defender and your free to attack the goal. Try this session to get your players scoring more goals. 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

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

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

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

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 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


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