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Small sided soccer game to boost quick thinking skills

in Small Sided Games

If you have been working on getting your soccer (football) players to practise quick throw-ins during training, why not round the session off with a quick 4v4 game to put their quick-thinking throw-in skills to the test. Small-sided game set up Set up a pitch around 30 x 20 yards. Use two teams of four... MORE

Small sided soccer game using wide advantage

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This small-sided soccer game shows you how to coach your young soccer players to use the advantage of having more players to create space and score goals. How to set up this small-sided game Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum). Two keepers. Two teams of four players.... MORE

Wide Pitch

in Shooting, Small Sided Games

One of the things about dribblers is that they need a bit of space to get the ball, and that is often on the wing. When you want a match-like soccer training session that forces the ball wide to your dribbling wingers, set up a small-sided game but change the elements. In this case the... MORE

Fitness workout with small sided game

in Fitness and Diet, Small Sided Games

Young soccer (football) players often get bored by fitness exercises and drills, they just want to play soccer. Use this continuous 2v2 small-sided game to keep them motivated at training and give them a good fitness work-out, too. The Dutch have used small-sided games for coaching youth soccer teams with great success – they recognised... MORE

Small sided game to work on heading

in Heading, Small Sided Games

Try this fun, competitive small-sided soccer game to get your players practising their heading skills. Game set up Arrange your players into three teams of four. One team stays off the pitch placing two players at each end beside the goal. To score; the attacking team must pass to the players at the end they... MORE

Small sided soccer game for passing under pressure

in Passing, Small Sided Games

When your players are under pressure to make a choice of where to pass the ball, avoid shouting at them if they make the wrong choice. A more constructive approach is to teach your players in soccer (football) training about passing and the consequences of their passing decisions. This is a great coaching session to... MORE

Soccer game to put defenders under pressure

in Defending, Small Sided Games

You often see a defence under pressure in youth soccer (football) games. The opposition make all the right decisions and create goal-scoring opportunities because your defenders do not know what to do when they are outnumbered. Use this small-sided game to coach your defenders how to organise when they have more attackers running at them... MORE

Small sided soccer game for possession skills

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Try this fun, fast possession game with your young soccer players. The aim of the game is for the passing team to keep possession of the ball, away from the pressuring team. They have 30 seconds to score a goal… Set up the soccer (football) game Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to... MORE

Simple throw and head the ball soccer game

in Heading, Small Sided Games

In this small-sided soccer game, players throw the ball to each other to head goals. The idea behind the game is taken from netball. The player with the ball in his hands cannot move, so the other players have to move around him. You are looking for movement and technique in this small-sided soccer game.... MORE

Small sided game to stop opponents getting the ball

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Small-sided soccer games are a great way to get your young soccer players developing their core soccer skills. This is a good one to use when you’re coaching players how to stop their opponents from stealing the ball. This small-sided soccer game is a 4v4 possession game with passers and defenders. Set up the soccer... MORE

Small sided soccer game to pounce on a through...

in Passing, Small Sided Games

This small-sided soccer game is a great one to get your soccer players pouncing on the through ball from your team’s positive passer. The positive passer is the player who puts the ball into danger areas. You need to coach this skill by telling your player to: Pass into space. Pass the ball forward. Look... MORE

Playground style small sided game

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Playground-style soccer is typically tackles flying in from all angles and playing that is quick and in control. It’s a great way to learn! This small-sided game recreates this so that all the players are involved, and sometimes one side is heavily stacked against the other. Set up a pitch with cones 30 x 20... MORE

Back to back goals game

in Passing, Small Sided Games

When I want to turn my defending deep/quick counter-attack session into a small-sided soccer game, I use this one. This small-sided soccer game uses four back-to-back goals and involves quick passing and movement from both sets of players. It’s a fast game and one your players will love. Because there are four back-to-back goals, players... MORE

Small sided soccer game for volleys

in Shooting, Small Sided Games

Young soccer (football) players need lots of volleying practice to help them perfect this soccer skill. Use the following small-sided soccer game to coach the tactics needed. Any game where an object hits a ball in a precise way only works well if your players practise the soccer skills repeatedly. Set up for small-sided soccer... MORE

Small sided soccer game for possession

in Passing, Small Sided Games

A small-sided soccer game that pits possession against pressure. Small-sided soccer game set up This game is all about one team keeping the ball and the other putting pressure on and winning the ball to create goal-scoring chances. You can use soccer (football) teams of 6v6. One team is on the pitch passing the ball... MORE

Close down space with this 4v2 small sided soccer...

in Defending, Small Sided Games

If you watch the best defenders, they don’t give away space easily. Space is an attacker’s friend but it’s a defender’s enemy. This small-sided soccer defence game is a good one to work on with your defenders, but all players should be able to close down space when an opponent is receiving the ball. Timing... MORE

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