Small sided game to help the player on the ball pass it

The idea behind this small-sided soccer game is to coach your players in the art of helping the player on the ball pass it.

Set up the soccer (football) game

  • Mark out a circle of about 25 yards diameter, using cones or markers.
  • You’ll need two teams of four players.
  • No goals.
  • Each team has one player in the circle and three players on the outside of the circle.

How to play the game

  • To start this soccer game, pass a ball into the pitch – the circle.
  • The two players compete for possession.
  • The player who wins the ball attempts to pass out to a team-mate.
  • If successful, the team-mate enters the pitch to make a 2v1.
  • The 2 then try to make it 3 and so on – a successful pass means the player can come on the pitch.
  • The winning team is the first to have all four players on the pitch and complete six consecutive passes.

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