Small sided soccer game to get past defenders

Soccer is similar to a chess game sometimes when the opposition’s pawns are in front of your team and your players have to get past the pawns to their king (the goalie). In chess, you entice your opponent to move their pawns and in soccer you have to apply pressure in the right way to force those defenders apart and give your players goal-scoring opportunities.

How to set up the game

  • Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum).
  • Two teams of four players.
  • Two keepers.
  • No offside.
  • Two goals placed at opposite corners of the pitch.
  • If the ball leaves play, pass a new ball onto the pitch.

Small-sided soccer game using angled goals

What you get your players to do

  • This practice is played as a normal 5-a-side game.
  • Because of the angled goals, your players will start to realize where they need to pressure and force their opponents when they are defending.
  • When attacking, the team in possession should look to switch the ball quickly or to use the wings and get into good crossing positions.

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