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.

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.

Central or wide attack games

Central or wide attack games

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

These games improve your team’s ability to play quick passing combinations in the centre of the pitch and use quick switches of play. The ultimate aim is to develop your players skill so that they are capable of using the whole pitch in order to attack and score goals. MORE

4v2 switch goals - part 1

4v2 switch goals

in Small Sided Games

This game is overloaded in the attacking team’s favour. This gives the attacking team the confidence to give their extra players the time and space to score goals. It also helps you identify those players who don’t get their heads up and look for team mates who are in better positions than themselves. MORE

Switch games

Switch games

in Small Sided Games

Beef up your players’ ability to switch play so they can create 1v1 and 2v1 attacking situations. When playing a real game the end result often comes down to your team’s skill in creating and taking advantage of 1v1 and 2v1 situations to score goals. MORE

Find the striker - part 1

Find the striker

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

The defending team is under pressure in this fast and furious game. Players face several tests – can they stop the opposition scoring? Can they win possession? And finally, can they make a forward pass into the striker and quickly counter attack put the ball into the back of the net? MORE

Beat two and score - part 1

Beat two and score

in Small Sided Games, Soccer dribbling drills

Beat two and score is a dream practice for players who love to show off their skill and dribbling ability. Players must compete to dribble outside the opponent’s end line and into a second 1v1 situation where a quick change of direction can give them the opportunity to shoot. MORE

The cube

The cube

in Small Sided Games

Improve your players’ desire to win in this three team competitive game. The cube will inspire players to strive to be the champions of the cube by beating two opponents at the four goal and two goal games. MORE



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