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.

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Small sided soccer game to boost midfield passing skills

This soccer coaching session focuses on using one-two skills with players running in from midfield. These passes can put midfielders into goal-scoring positions by using an attacker to pass past the defenders. In this soccer coaching session, the attacker receives the ball with their back to goal, flanked by two defenders. The midfielders run wide […]

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Tennis drill to boost soccer skills

A soccer tennis drill is an excellent way of developing juggling skills and first-touch for your young players – and the big bonus is that it’s great fun to play as well. First touch control of soccer balls We all know how important it is to be able to quickly control bouncing balls during a […]

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Drill to take advantage of turnovers

Focus on getting your young players to turn defence into attack when they win the ball. Use small-sided games and change the pitch dimensions for soccer training drills to help achieve this. Soccer drill tips If you have a problem where your team is not taking advantage when they win the ball to turn defence […]

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Training your team using 4v4 coaching methods

When I look back over my coaching career, I can see the stage where I gave up the traditional methods of coaching soccer and took up 4v4. I started coaching winners… When I started out training junior football teams a decade ago, using drills where lines of boys ran through cones was the thinking man’s […]

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2v2 Small sided game to maintain possession

In this small-sided game from Michael Beale, Chelsea FC Academy Coach, players have to keep possession for their team and pass the ball to a team-mate standing outside the pitch. It is a good 2v2 with supporting play on the outside. Players are using individual and team skills to rack up more goals than the […]

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Fun Soccer Games for 5 to 8 Year Olds

To celebrate the launch of our coaching book Fun Soccer Games for 5 to 8 Year Olds we're giving away one of the games completely free to visitors to Better Soccer Coaching. Fun Soccer Games for 5 to 8 Year Olds is written by Keith Boanas, a Football Association Coach Educator and Head Coach for […]

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