Last night I played 5v2 for half an hour with stops to show what it was I wanted the players to do when they were either trying to play the ball or working in pairs. Players make a lot of mistakes in games like this but mistakes are one of the best ways the players can learn and understand the game. MORE
Small sided soccer game for shielding and ball control
This is a great small-sided soccer game to get players used to playing against more or less players. It gives them a chance to use their shielding and ball control soccer skills. It’s also a fun game with a competitive edge to keep players motivated.
Small-sided game set up
- Mark out a circle of about 25 yards in diameter using cones or markers.
- Two teams of four players.
- No goals.
- Each team has one player on the pitch and three players on the outside.
Rules of the game
- To start the game, pass a ball into the pitch.The two soccer (football) 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 soccer pitch to make a 2v1.
- The winning team is the first to have all four players on the pitch and complete six consecutive passes.
Small-sided games are recommended as one of the best ways to coach your players in soccer skills. Michael Beale’s 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games has all you need to run successful coaching sessions based on this system. Click here to order a copy.
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