Three-part session teaching players to receive on the half-turn and break defensive lines. By DAVID PONCIA MORE
Winning your battles – small-sided game
WHY USE IT
This practice introduces overloads in a SSG. When overloaded, players may be more willing to take a ‘risk’ and try and beat a player 1v1 as they know they have a safety net of an extra player.
One of the teams, in this example, the Blues, starts with a player on the pitch. Every other player needs a ball and should be positioned in their own half ready to join in.
HOW TO PLAY
Game starts 1v0 and the Blue gets a free shot. A Red player dribbles in to attack 1v1 as soon as the previous ball is considered ‘dead’, e.g. goalkeeper save, goal or ball goes out. After the 1v1 has played out, a Blue passes into Blue and joins in 2v1. Once the 2v1 has played out a Red player passes in and plays 2v2. The practice builds into a 5v5 small sided game. Make sure both teams get a chance to be over/underloaded.
• Goals scored when underloaded are worth two.
• Recap: be sure to recap the things that have been coached before e.g., 1v1 moves, attacking quickly, reaction to transition to help link previous practices to the live game.
• Decision making: explore players’ decision making as to why, when and where they may go solo or combine with others.