This training session is a good workout for forwards pressing and forcing mistakes high up the pitch. It also helps to develop link play in the final third. MORE
Small sided game to score from every attack
In this small-sided soccer game you’ve got ten attacks to score as many goals as possible against your defenders. You’ve got to be right on top of coaching this game. Halt the game if your young soccer players are not doing what you want them to do, then show them what you want.
And what you want is goals – get the players up against each other in teams of four, seeing who can score the most out of ten attacks. A competition often helps you to see the players who are the real deal, the ones who’ll hit the back of the net every time.
How to set up the game
- Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum).
- The pitch is divided into two attacking zones either side of a mid-zone.
- Two mini target goals in each attacking zone.
- Two teams of four players.
- One team work as the attackers.
- One team split into two pairs and work as the defenders in each attacking zone.
What you get your players to do
- The aim of this small-sided soccer game is to try and score as many goals as possible against the defenders.
- The attacking team has 10 consecutive attacks – five at each end.
- After each attack, the players turn and receive a new ball from the coach.
- When the ten attacks are completed, the score is counted and the roles are reversed.
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To get your players working on more accurate shots, click here for a useful soccer coaching drill that does just that.