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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 United 1-0…
What will your youngsters do in this situation? This small-sided soccer game uses a fun, role-playing scenario where the team have to decide the best way to play in a given situation.
It encourages players to work as a team and to work to an agreed game plan.
Set up the soccer game
How to play the game
Tell your players it is a standard 4 v 4 game with no keepers. Players must either kick or dribble the ball onto the pitch when it has gone out of play. Tell them they have to decide how to play it: whether to defend or go for glory.
How to change the game
After playing the game, you can change the teams around, so all players get the chance to play out both sides of the “game”.
Mix up the players in each team so players get to play with different members of the group.
Click here for a soccer coaching drill that simulates match intensity and gets attackers and defenders to switch roles to develop their soccer skills.
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