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 […]
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.
In this small-sided game players get rewarded for holding onto the ball and running with it. The team that covers the most ground will score the most points. Divide the pitch up so players know where the points are scored. To set up the game Set up a 40 x 30 yard pitch with no […]
Getting players to keep the ball is a vital soccer skill. But if you're coaching this technique, different age groups will need different levels to work at. Here are three games pitched at different levels to practise possession soccer skills. Make use of a simple 2v1 game In diagram 1 the two white players pass […]
Nothing hurts more than losing it in the last five minutes of your soccer (football) game. To coach your players in the tactics to avoid this pitfall, use the following small-sided soccer game. Tell your players to imagine there are only five minutes left to go in the Cup Final and you are leading Manchester […]
When young players are involved in matches they often lose their position and their soccer sense. To help your players with this problem, organise a fast, constantly moving game in training where players must think about position, action and direction. How to set up and coach it You need a 30 yard x 20 yard […]
If your team hasn't won a match for a while, you need to get your players back to basics and working on their core soccer skills. The best way to get them playing with confidence again is to use small-sided games and fun drills. Don't preach at your team or lose your temper with them, […]