This game puts a time pressure on players to score match-winning goals, much like in a real game when the final whistle approaches and a team needs to score. It’s a fun session that your players will really love. 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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