INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Small Sided Games

Pass to release player

Fast break

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This game improves quick attacking and combination play. The attackers must break forward in order to use the extra player and create a chance to score. MORE

Wingers move fast

The running man

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

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 follow it, and pass on the run. MORE

score from crosses

Striker zone

in Shooting, Small Sided Games

This unopposed session gets attackers scoring with balls coming in from the wings. All players get balls played hard and low onto both feet as they attack at either end of the pitch. It includes build up play for a thorough attacking work out. MORE

midfield attackers

Man in the middle

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

The scoring threat often comes from balls played into a central attacker, who must decide whether to turn the defender, hold up the ball or lay off a pass. Here, the central attacker has to make the decision to create a scoring chance. MORE

Pressure opponents

Full team pressure

in Defending, Small Sided Games

If you haven’t got the ball you won’t be able to win, so this game teaches teams how to move together to press the opposition all over the pitch and force a mistake that wins the ball. MORE

Playing out of defence

Foraging forwards

in Small Sided Games, Tactics

This sets up the coming together of two different tactics – it’s build up from the back versus the constant threat of the counterattack from balls played behind the defence. MORE

Defending in small groups

Prepare to defend in small groups

in Defending, Email newsletters, Small Sided Games

If you want to start the new season well and win more games, the importance of defending cannot be stressed enough. Tell your players that without the ball they are not going to have the chance to score, so they need to think about how they are going to get it back first – and that means good defensive play. MORE

Head the ball game

Header react

in Heading, Small Sided Games

This is not only really good heading practice but at the coach’s call it turns into a small-sided game with lots of coaching points: heading technique, concentration, focus and quick passing. Check local rules for heading age groups MORE

High pressing game

High press

in Small Sided Games, Tactics

This game is all about pressing high. It will help both individual roles and team movement when pressing opponents in their own half of the pitch, starting from their defensive third. MORE

Academy players

6 great games for pre-season training

in Pre-season, Small Sided Games

Turning up for friendly games, or for the first match of the season, needs planning. Do your players know where to play or what tactics you will use? Do they know if it’s 7v7 or 9v9? You need to get your players into the swing of match play again so playing appropriate games and activities... MORE

Possession fun game

Keep ball, switch play

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session is a good example of a fun activity that works on a number of levels. You can use it for possession and switching play practice, while it also works the defenders who must move quickly between zones when the ball is passed. MORE

Get all players scoring

Goals win games

in Shooting, Small Sided Games

This is a game to get all of your players scoring goals, so that your team is not relying on just one or two players. If you score goals from every position on the pitch your success will be guaranteed. MORE

Turn and play forward

Forward March

in Small Sided Games, Tactics

This drill helps players move to create passing angles to receive the ball. Players in possession try to make good decisions on whether to pass forward to the target player or keep possession by passing backwards/sideways to build the play again. MORE

Passing and support play

Vital turnover ball

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Turnover of play is one of the most common occurrences in a football match, and equipping our players to know how to maximise space and possession in these situations means we can make best use of the ball. MORE

Intercept the ball

Steal the ball

in Defending, Small Sided Games

It’s all about positioning in this lively intercepting game aimed at teaching your players how to nick the ball back from the other team while it’s still in midfield MORE


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