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SMALL SIDED
GAMES
SMALL SIDED
GAMES
VOLUME 1
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50 Small Sided Games provides the reader with a range of educational
modified versions of association football that can be performed both
indoor and outdoor to good effect.
The games are structured to ensure that players learn the basic principles
of defence and attack, and can be manipulated to focus on key
techniques such as control, passing, dribbling, running with the ball,
heading and shooting.
You will find that the practices are very attractive in appearance, contain
simple instructions of how to get each practice started, contain useful
tips on how to make things easier or more difficult and are full of advice
about what to look for.
The practices have been designed to meet the requirements of the
National Curriculum (UK) Key stages of development for Invasion games.
Practices have therefore been divided into 3 distinct categories for
simple use:
1. Sending & Receiving
2. Traveling
3. Striking & Fielding
OverviewOverview
SMALL SIDED
GAMES
SMALL SIDED
GAMES
VOLUME 1
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50 Small Sided Games is an invaluable tool for any youth team coach, teacher, or football player.
This easy-to-use PlayBook has 50 ready-to-use fun drills and practices for passing, receiving, traveling
with the ball, and striking.
This PlayBook should be used as an integral aid for all youth football coaches and teacher lesson
planning, or for players wishing to develop their own understanding of the game.
The drills are fully compatible with the leading DataCoach™ Manager Software allowing coaches and
teachers to communicate visually and set up, save, print, or email training sessions quickly and simply.
For more details visit www.datacoach.net
About The Authors
Soccer UK is an organisation set up by professional coaches to provide consultation
and services to all levels of football in both the U.K. and U.S.
Services include:
• Sport Science support • Resources – Coaching Books and DVDs
• Camps (including individual • Equipment
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Damian Roden
Damian is the first team fitness coach for English Premier league team Bolton Wanderers Football Club.
He is a UEFA "Pro" licence holder and possesses a Masters degree (MSc) in Sports Science.
Richard Donnelly
Richard is a lecturer of Sports Science and is responsible for football development at his college. He
is completing his UEFA "A" licence and has a Masters degree in Sports Science. He is a Scout and
Development Coach for Manchester United Football Club.
James Hunter
James has a BSc in Sports Management as well as being a UEFA "Pro" licence holder. He is a Coaching
Development Manager for the Welsh Football Association where he delivers coach education courses
including the UEFA “A” and Professional licences.
Kevin Thelwell BSc (with honors)
Kevin is the former Director of Coach Education for the Welsh Football Association. He is currently the
Academy Director for English Championship club Derby County. He is also a UEFA "Pro" licence holder.
IntroductionIntroduction
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Sending & Receiving
• 3 Goals And 3 Teams Of 3
• 3 Goals Game
• 4 Corners Game (Passing)
• 4 Goals And 4 Teams
• 4 vs. 4 + 4
• 5 vs. 5 vs. 5
• All-2-1
• Any Goal Counts
• Build Up
• Build Up Again
• Centre Circle Tennis
• End Zone (Passing)
• Match With Support
• Outside-In
• Outside Players 2
• Overload
• "Rest Your Teammate" Keep Ball
• Small Goals Game
• Split The Defenders
• Throw, Head, Catch
• Under Pressure
• Wall Pass
• Zone Ball
Traveling
• 3 Zone Game (Dribbling)
• 6 vs. 6 Possession And Set Up
Game
Traveling (cont.)
• Dribble And Score
• Lineball
• Man 4 Man
• Overlap
• "Overload" Breakaway
• Running Counter Attack
• Unopposed Flank Play
Striking & Fielding
• 1 vs. 1 Winner Stays On
• 3 Zone Game (Passing)
• 4 Goal Timed Heading
• 6 Goals Game
• 6 vs. 6 Multiball
• All In One Half To Score
• Counter Attack 1
• End Line Target Player
• Head For Goal
• Overload Finishing
• Penalty Area Urgency
• Shoot To Goalie
• Switch
• Target Ball
• Target Man
• Turnaround
• Volley, Catch, Volley
• Zone Shooting
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3 GOALS AND
3 TEAMS OF 3
GAME ORGANISATION
Game is played in a 30 x 30 metre area
3 goals are placed anywhere in the area (teams decide this)
Goals are 3 metres wide
Normal game rules apply except to score a team must maintain possession of the ball and
pass the ball through their own goal to a teammate
Game restarts in the middle of the pitch
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can score in any goal
To make the game more difficult:
Goals are scored with a 1-2 through the goal
COACHES HINTS
Do the players move into space to create options for the passer?
Do the players display urgency and attempt to switch play?
Do the players use fakes and moves to get away from the opposition?
3 GOALS AND
3 TEAMS OF 3
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3 GOALS GAME
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 teams with 1 goalkeeper in each of the 3 goals
Both teams attempt to score in any of the 3 goals
If a goal is scored, that team retains possession from any of the other 2 goalkeepers on
coaches command
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players are restricted to a specified zone
To make the game more difficult:
Team must make 8 passes before scoring or limit touches to 2-touch
COACHES HINTS
Do the players identify and attack space?
Do the players attempt to switch play quickly when regaining possession to score a goal?
Do the players recover in numbers when possession is lost to prevent a counter attack?
3 GOALS GAME
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4 CORNERS
GAMES (PASSING)
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
Both teams attack and defend 2 corners
To score, players must pass to a teammate in any of the 2 corners they are attacking
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can score in any corner
To make the game more difficult:
Players can only score in a corner that they have not scored in until all 4 corners
have been entered
COACHES HINTS
Do the players recognize when it is appropriate to switch play?
Do the players who have passed the ball attempt to take up new positions to help
teammates?
Do the players defend by forcing players inside to teammates?
4 CORNERS
GAMES (PASSING)
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4 GOALS AND
4 TEAMS
GAME ORGANISATION
Game is played in a 30 x 30 metre area
Players are organized into 4 teams of 4
Each team is assigned a goal and must defend it while attempting to score in any
of the 3 other goals
Make sure there is a good supply of balls placed next to each goal to keep the
game flowing
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players have unlimited touches
To make the game more difficult:
A shot must be struck "first time"
COACHES HINTS
Do the players communicate and move into space to create options for the passer?
Do the players use fakes and moves to get away from the opposition?
Do the players consider the weight and angle of their pass to create more chances
for their teammates?
4 GOALS AND
4 TEAMS
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4 vs. 4 + 4
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams: 4 inside the square and 2 outside the
square at each end
To score, players inside the square must pass the ball to outside players at one end then
the opposite end
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players score a goal every 4 passes made
To make the game more difficult:
Limit the touches players on the outside can have
COACHES HINTS
Do the players keep the ball moving quickly from one direction to the other?
Do the players on the outside identify who to pass to when receiving the ball?
Do the players defend in numbers to prevent opposition switching the ball quickly?
4 vs. 4 + 4
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5 vs. 5 vs. 5
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organised into 3 equal teams of 5
Game is played in a 40 x 30 metre area
Each team wears a different colour jersey
Play 10 vs. 5 keep ball
The team that loses possession becomes the defending/chasing team
Teams can score in any goal
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Chasing players cannot tackle (only intercept)
To make the game more difficult:
Limit the number of touches a player can have when passing (1- or 2-touch)
COACHES HINTS
Do the players move into space to create options for the passer?
Are the players balanced before attempting the pass?
Use short and long passes.
5 vs. 5 vs. 5
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ALL-2-1
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 teams
Both teams are restricted to 2 touches per player
Players score in normal fashion at each end
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players have unlimited touches
To make the game more difficult:
Players are restricted to 1 touch
COACHES HINTS
Do the players understand the importance of keeping possession until a scoring
opportunity arrives?
Do the players make the right decision as to when to pass and when to travel
with the ball?
Do the players close opponents down quickly and recover when defending?
ALL-2-1
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ANY GOAL
COUNTS
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organised into 2 equal teams
Each team can score in any goal
When a goal is scored, the game is restarted in the middle of the field
Players from both teams can be positioned anywhere on the field at any time
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Reduce the number of players or increase the size of the field
To make the game more difficult:
Position goalkeepers in the goals
COACHES HINTS
Can the players tell their teammates where they want the ball passed?
Do the players support their teammates and create options as soon as they have
passed the ball?
Do the players "pass on the move"?
ANY GOAL
COUNTS
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BUILD UP
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 teams
4 corner boxes are set up with 1 player from each team inside
The coach starts the game by passing to the remaining players positioned inside the pitch
Players inside must pass and receive the ball back from any player in a corner box to
"free" them and allow them to enter field
The team that frees every player and makes 6 passes wins
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
A pass from a player in a box cannot be intercepted
To make the game more difficult:
Both players in a box enter the pitch after a pass is made
COACHES HINTS
Do the players pass and move into space to receive a return pass?
Do the players keep possession if a pass out to the corner boxes is blocked?
Do the players defend in numbers to prevent passes into players in boxes?
Do the players hunt to win the ball to prevent the final 6 passes?
BUILD UP
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BUILD UP
AGAIN
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
1 large square is marked out with 4 small squares inside
Team 1 is positioned inside 1 small square, with Team 2 positioned outside the same square at
the bottom corner
Team 1 attempts to make 4 passes against 1 defender
If successful, Team 1 attempts to make another 4 passes using 2 small squares with 2 additional
defenders entering the squares
If successful, Team 1 attempts to make final 4 passes using all 4 small squares with all defenders
entering the squares
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Reduce the amount of passes needed and increase the size of the area
To make the game more difficult:
Limit the touches each player can have and add more defenders earlier
COACHES HINTS
Do the players keep possession by passing the ball away from defenders?
Do the players pass accurately and with appropriate pace on the ball?
Do the players make full use of the area and recognize when to create space to keep
possession?
Do the players defend in numbers to stop accumulation of passes and space?
BUILD UP
AGAIN
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CENTRE CIRCLE
TENNIS
GAME ORGANISATION
Teams of 5 are placed in each half of the center circle
The ball is served by 1 team from outside the center circle and across the half way
line into their opponents half
The receiving team can allow the ball to bounce only once
The receiving team tries to keep the ball up and return it over the half way line into their
opponents semi circle
If the ball bounces twice, a point is scored by the opposite team
The team winning the point serves
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Unlimited bounces in each half of the semi circle
To make the game more difficult:
No bounces allowed
COACHES HINTS
Do the players move quickly to get in line with the ball?
Do the players use a range of body parts to return the ball? (can not use their hands)
Are the players balanced before attack?
CENTRE CIRCLE
TENNIS
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END ZONE
(PASSING)
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organized into 2 equal teams with an end zone at both ends
Players attack and defend one end and score by passing the ball to any player in the end zone
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Introduce a "floating player" who can play for both teams to form 6 vs. 4
To make the game more difficult:
Players must have at least 2 touches
COACHES HINTS
Do the players move the ball quickly and accurately?
Do the players control the ball into space away from opposition?
Do the players defend in numbers and force the ball into other defenders?
Do the players pressure the ball at all times to prevent opposition passing into space?
END ZONE
(PASSING)
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MATCH WITH
SUPPORT
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 teams
Half of the team plays normal football whilst the other half surrounds the outside of the pitch
The players on the outside play for their team when they are in possession but must hold
their positions
Switch roles after a set period
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players on the outside can't be tackled
To make the game more difficult:
Players on the outside can only have limited touches
COACHES HINTS
Do the players use the outside players well to create an overload situation?
Do the players control the ball in the direction in which they next want to pass?
Do the players who have passed the ball attempt to take up new positions to help
teammates?
MATCH WITH
SUPPORT
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OUTSIDE - IN
GAME ORGANISATION
Game is played in a 30 x 20 metre area
Players are split into equal teams of 5
4 players from each team line up outside the playing area
1 vs. 1 in the central area
Central players try to maintain possession and attempt to play a 1-2 (wall pass) with their
teammates on the outside
If the wall pass is successful, they join their teammate in the central area
First team to get all outside players into the central area wins
Players on the outside can move up and down the line but cannot enter the area or tackle
another outside player making a wall pass
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Outside players can join the game as soon as they receive a pass from the central area
To make the game more difficult:
The wall pass must be played first touch
COACHES HINTS
Do the players communicate and move into space to support their teammates?
Do the players use well weighted passes?
Do the players use fakes and moves to get away from the opposition?
OUTSIDE - IN
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OUTSIDE
PLAYERS 2
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
2 players on each team are positioned either side of the goal that their team are attacking
Players must pass to outside players and receive back before attempting to score
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can score in normal fashion
To make the game more difficult:
Players on outside are restricted to 1 touch
COACHES HINTS
Do the players recognize when a direct forward pass is on?
Do the players react and support pass back from outside players before defenders?
Do the players defend by preventing the ball from outside players?
OUTSIDE
PLAYERS 2
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OVERLOAD
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
The pitch is divided into 4 squares
Position 1 team inside a square (attackers), and 1 team outside the square (defenders)
Coach starts the game by passing the ball to the attackers who must attempt to make 6 passes
As soon as the coach passes the ball, 2 defenders enter the square and attempt to win the ball
If attackers make 6 passes, they can then use 2 squares to keep possession, but 2 additional defenders
enter the area
If attackers make another 6 passes, they can use all 4 squares to keep possession, but another 2
defenders can enter the area
The aim of the game is to progress to all 4 squares and make an additional 6 passes
If defenders win possession at any time, teams swap roles
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Defenders enter one at a time
To make the game more difficult:
Players must make more passes before progressing
COACHES HINTS
Do the players pass to teammates in most amount of space away from defenders to keep possession?
Do the players remain composed under pressure from defenders?
Do the players create space when they are able to use a bigger area?
Do the players defend by working together as units?
OVERLOAD
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"REST YOUR
TEAMMATE"
KEEP BALL
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organised into 2 equal teams
1 member of each team enters the center of the opposition's area
Red team starts game by playing keep ball (passing)
Blue player chases with the intention of intercepting the ball
When one team (area) is playing keep ball, their chaser (in oppositions area) rests
If the ball exits the area or the chaser touches the ball the other group starts
Game continues for a designated period of time with the teams stopping and starting accordingly
Teams keep ball as long as possible so their "chasing player" can rest
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Make the playing area bigger
To make the game more difficult:
Limit the number of touches a player can have when passing (1- or 2-touch)
COACHES HINTS
Do the players move into space to create options for the passer?
Do the players switch play when being closed down?
Are the players balanced before attempting the pass?
Do the chasers adopt a low and balanced position when closing down?
"REST YOUR
TEAMMATE"
KEEP BALL
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SMALL GOALS
GAME
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
5 sets of cones are organized randomly inside the area
To score, players must pass through cones to a teammate
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can score in any goal unlimited times
To make the game more difficult:
Players must attack another goal when they have scored
COACHES HINTS
Do the players recognize where empty goals are?
Do the players who have passed the ball attempt to take up new positions to
help teammates?
Do the players mark their opposing players to prevent them from receiving passes
through goals?
SMALL GOALS
GAME
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SPLIT THE
DEFENDERS
GAME ORGANISATION
Game is played in a 15 x 15 metre area
2 defenders are placed in the centre of the square and try to intercept the passes
1 player is placed outside each side of the square
Players on the outside pass the ball to any player on the outside
All passes must be through the square
A point is scored every time the ball dissects the two defenders
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Defenders cannot run
To make the game more difficult:
An extra central player helps the outside players and only a pass from this central player
can dissect the two central defenders
COACHES HINTS
Do the players on the outside move up and down their line to create space and angle to
receive a pass?
Do the players make well-weighted passes?
Do the players display urgency when in possession?
SPLIT THE
DEFENDERS
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THROW,
HEAD, CATCH
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
Players must score with a header
Players can only pass by a throw followed by a header followed by a catch
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can catch and serve to themselves to head the ball
To make the game more difficult:
Players must make 2 consecutive headers before catching
COACHES HINTS
Do the players keep their eye on the ball and mouth closed when heading?
Do the players support the player about to head the ball?
Do the defenders position themselves where they can see server and player heading ball?
THROW,
HEAD, CATCH
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UNDER
PRESSURE
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams positioned in a long narrow area
1 floating player is positioned at the narrow end of the area
To score, players inside the area must keep possession and get the ball from one
end to the other
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Add extra floating players outside the area leaving less players inside
To make the game more difficult:
Each team must make 6 passes before attempting to pass outside
COACHES HINTS
Do the players identify where and who to pass to?
Do the players pass and move?
Do the players defend together to prevent passing in tight areas?
UNDER
PRESSURE
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WALL PASS
GAME ORGANISATION
Game is played in a 20 x 20 metre area
2 metre corner squares are marked out with a player in each
3 vs. 3 game in the center square
Aim of the game is to maintain possession of the ball and attempt to score by passing the
ball to 1 of the corner players
The corner player must make a wall pass to a member of the same team to score a goal
Game restarts with opposition in possession after a goal is scored
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can score by passing to any "corner" player
To make the game more difficult:
Teams can only score by passing to designated "corner" players
COACHES HINTS
Do the players move into space to create passing options?
Do the players use fakes and moves to get away from the opposition?
Do the players control the ball into space away from the opposition?
WALL PASS
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ZONE BALL
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 4 teams of 4 players positioned in 4 separate zones
Players in Zone 1 attempt to pass to players in Zone 3
Players in Zone 2 attempt to pass to players in Zone 4
To score, players must pass and receive the ball back from the corresponding team in
each zone
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Use 2 balls so players can choose to defend or attack
To make the game more difficult:
1 player from each team can enter the zone with the ball
COACHES HINTS
Do the players identify when to keep possession and when to pass forward?
Do the players pass and move?
Do players defend together to prevent passes in between?
ZONE BALL
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3 ZONE GAME
(DRIBBLING)
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 teams
The pitch is split into 3 zones (defensive, middle, and attacking zones)
Teams are overloaded in the defensive/attacking zone (2 defenders vs. 1 attacker) but
equal in the middle zone
Both teams can only score in the attacking zone
Players can only get from 1 zone to the next by dribbling the ball across zones
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can all move from zone to zone, with or without the ball, when their team has
possession
To make the game more difficult:
Teams must get from zone to zone after 3 passes inside the zone
COACHES HINTS
Do the players identify and run the ball into space?
Do the players keep the ball close to their feet whilst looking up to identify where
teammates and opponents are positioned?
Do the players channel the ball into own players when defending versus channeling ball
into space for opponents to dribble/run into?
3 ZONE GAME
(DRIBBLING)
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6 vs. 6 POSSESSION
AND SET UP GAME
GAME ORGANISATION
Game is played in a 30 x 20 metre area
Field is split equally into a central and 2 end zones
A goal is placed on each end line
Teams play keep away and attempt to put 5 passes together
If successful, the 6th pass must be a weighted pass out of the central zone into an end zone
A teammate must time their run so they make a shot before the ball runs out of the zone or
comes to a halt
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Make the central zone bigger
To make the game more difficult:
Place a goalkeeper in each goal
COACHES HINTS
Do the players support their teammates?
Does the runner time their run?
Are the passes well weighted?
6 vs. 6 POSSESSION
AND SET UP GAME
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DRIBBLE
AND SCORE
GAME ORGANISATION
Game is played in a central 20 x 20 metre area
Goals are situated 15 metres at each side of the square
Players are split into teams of 2
Teams defend the line nearest to their goal
To score, a player must dribble past the defenders and their end line and towards the goal
They must attempt to score within 5 seconds of leaving the central square
After the shot/goal, the coach kicks the ball in to restart the game
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can score in any goal
To make the game more difficult:
Teams must make 5 consecutive passes before dribbling out of the central area
COACHES HINTS
Do the players display urgency when in possession?
Do players dribble the ball at pace?
Do players make decisive breaks out of the central area?
DRIBBLE
AND SCORE
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LINEBALL
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organized into 2 equal teams
Regular soccer rules except:
Goals are scored by the team stopping the ball on their opponent's end line
Teams prevent the opposition from stopping the ball on their end line
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Create a bigger "end zone" where the players can stop the ball
To make the game more difficult:
Limit the number of touches any player can have on the ball to 2 or 3 touches
COACHES HINTS
Do the players use fakes and moves to get past the opposition?
Do the players attack space whenever and wherever possible?
Do the players attempt to disguise their pass?
LINEBALL
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MAN 4 MAN
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 teams
Players are allocated an opponent on the opposite team
Each player can only tackle their allocated opponent
Players score by attacking 1 goal and defending 1 goal
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can pass to each other at any time
To make the game more difficult:
Players can only pass once they have beaten their opponent
COACHES HINTS
Do the players change speed when they have past their opponent and attack space?
Do the players keep possession if they are not able to beat an opponent?
Do the players defend by closing the ball down quickly and preventing opponents from
building up speed?
Do players recover quickly when an opponent gets past them by taking the quickest
route to the goal?
MAN 4 MAN
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OVERLAP
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
2 channels are marked out on each side of the pitch
Players can run with the ball into the channel or receive a pass in the channel when
their team has possession of the ball
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can stand in the channel at any time
To make the game more difficult:
Players have limited touches in the channel
COACHES HINTS
Do the players use the channel effectively to create an overload situation or create
space to receive a pass?
Do the players in the channel make correct decisions to pass quickly or travel with
the ball to gain ground?
Do the players defend by cutting off passes into the channel?
OVERLAP
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"OVERLOAD"
BREAKAWAY
GAME ORGANISATION
Using a half field, mark off a 10 x 10 metre area near the half way line
A team of 5 starts playing "keep away" against a team of 3
When the team of 3 touches the ball, they sprint out of the area and collect another ball
This team of 3 joins another 2 attackers that have been waiting for them
The 2 defenders now try and stop the attacking 5 players from scoring
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Reduce the number of defenders to 1
To make the game more difficult:
Limit the time the attacking players have on the ball (e.g. 10 seconds)
COACHES HINTS
Do the attacking players move at pace (thus not allowing the defenders to become
organized)?
Can the attacking players make runs to "take away" the defenders and create more space
for the attacking team?
"OVERLOAD"
BREAKAWAY
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RUNNING
COUNTER ATTACK
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
The pitch is divided into 10 zones by dividing the field into a central zone and an inner
and outer zone in each half
2 players per team are positioned in the central zone and can go into any half
1 player per team is positioned in each remaining zone (pictured) but must stay in their zones
Players score in normal fashion
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can move into any zone
To make the game more difficult:
Merge inner and outer zones to form defenders and attackers in the same zone
COACHES HINTS
Do the players attack space at speed whilst maintaining control of the ball?
Do the players whilst traveling with the ball keep their head up to see where defenders are?
Do the players defend by closing space down to prevent attackers from running with the ball?
RUNNING
COUNTER ATTACK
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UNOPPOSED
FLANK PLAY
GAME ORGANIZATION
Players are organised into 2 equal teams
Regular game rules except 1 player is positioned in each side zone
Any player can pass to them
These "flank" players cannot be tackled and play for which ever team passes to them
If a team passes to them, the "flank" player can run the length of the field and cross the
ball for "their" team to attempt to score
When a goal is scored, the game is restarted from the goalkeeper
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players do not have to score first touch off the cross
To make the game more difficult:
Create a scoring zone where only 2 defenders and 2 attackers can enter
COACHES HINTS
Can attacking players tell their teammates (crossing player) where they want the ball
passed/crossed?
Do the players support their teammates and create options as soon as they have passed
the ball?
Are the "flank" players utilized well to get out of trouble?
UNOPPOSED
FLANK PLAY
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1 vs. 1 WINNER
STAYS ON
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organized into 2 teams
Play 1 vs. 1 in a 10 x 15 metre area with goals
Teammates wait outside the area with a ball
When a goal is scored, the losing player exits the field
An outside player from the other side brings their ball into the playing area and starts to play
Players can only shoot when within the oppositions half of the field
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Create 2 small goals on each end line
To make the game more difficult:
Position goalkeepers in the goals
COACHES HINTS
Can the players make quick decisions and shoot at a good time?
Do the defenders close down their opposite player quickly?
Do the attacking players perform tricks/moves to try and unbalance their opponent?
1 vs. 1 WINNER
STAYS ON
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3 ZONE GAME
(PASSING)
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 teams
The pitch is split into 3 zones (defensive, middle, and attacking)
Teams are overloaded in the defensive/attacking zones (2 defenders vs. 1 attacker) but
equal in the middle zone
Both teams can only score in attacking zone
Players can only get from one zone to the next by passing ball across zones
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can all move from zone to zone with or without the ball when their team has
possession
To make the game more difficult:
Team must get from zone to zone after 3 passes inside zone
COACHES HINTS
Do the players identify players in space?
Do the players pass the ball accurately and with correct weight that allow them to keep
possession?
Do the players close opponents down quickly when defending?
3 ZONE GAME
(PASSING)
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4 GOAL
TIMED HEADING
GAME ORGANISATION
Game is played in a 10 x 10 metre area
A goal is placed on each side of the square
"Feeders" are placed at each corner with 2 balls each
On command "go" the center player calls for a ball to be thrown in the air towards them
and attempts to score in any goal
Player must move to another feeder to attempt a header
The practice is timed
For every header that misses, 10 seconds is added to their overall time
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Make the goals bigger
To make the game more difficult:
A goalkeeper is situated in every goal
COACHES HINTS
Do the players move towards the ball?
Do the players use the correct heading technique?
Are the players competitive?
4 GOAL
TIMED HEADING
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6 GOALS
GAME
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organized into 2 equal teams
Players attack 3 goals and defend 3 goals
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Each team has a 1 floating player and can play for both teams, therefore overloading the
practice in the favour of the team in possession 7 vs. 5
To make the game more difficult:
Limit the amount of touches any player can have on the ball to 2 or 3
COACHES HINTS
Do the players attack space whenever and wherever possible?
Do the players switch play when attacking a crowded goal?
Do the players defend in numbers and force the ball into other players as opposed to
towards other goals?
6 GOALS
GAME
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6 vs. 6
MULTIBALL
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organised into 2 equal teams
Each team must score in a pre-determined goal
On the coaches decision, an extra ball is passed into play
Players determine which ball(s) they are going to focus on
When a goal is scored, the game continues until the other ball is either scored or goes
out of play
Players from both teams can be positioned anywhere on the field at any time
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Introduce 4 corner goals instead of the 2 centre goals
To make the game more difficult:
Position goalkeepers in the goals
COACHES HINTS
Do the players communicate?
Do the players demonstrate game awareness (especially when the 2nd ball is introduced)?
Do the players support their teammates and create options as soon as they have passed the ball?
6 vs. 6
MULTIBALL
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ALL IN ONE
HALF TO SCORE
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
A half way line is marked out with cones
To score, all players must be attacking in half of the pitch
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players have unlimited touches
To make the game more difficult:
Goals are doubled if opponents do not get back in own half
COACHES HINTS
Do the players remember to move forward together when attacking?
Do the players attempt to break quickly when regaining possession?
Do the players recover when possession is lost?
ALL IN ONE
HALF TO SCORE
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COUNTER
ATTACK 1
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 3 teams
1 team is positioned in one half of the pitch with 2 teams in the other half (1 defending,
1 attacking)
A half way zone is marked out with cones
If the attacking team scores, they maintain possession and attack the team in the
opposite half by passing through the central zone
If the defensive team wins possession, they counter attack the team in the opposite half
by passing through central zone
Only the team in possession can enter the central zone
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Teams take turns attacking the team in the opposite half
To make the game more difficult:
When a goal has been scored, limit the team's amount of passes to attack the team in the
opposite half (through the central zone)
COACHES HINTS
Do the players remember to move forward together when attacking?
Do the players attempt to break quickly when regaining possession or scoring a goal?
Do the players recover when possession is lost to prevent a counter attack?
COUNTER
ATTACK 1
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END LINE
TARGET PLAYER
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organised into 2 equal teams
Play in a 30 x 20 metre area with cones designating two halves
3 vs. 2 in each half
A player from each team is placed on an end line
Score by passing from your own half directly to an end-line player
If the defending team manages to get the ball, can they pass to their "back" zone where
their teammates can attempt to pass to their end player?
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Create a bigger overload of 4 vs. 2
To make the game more difficult:
Teams must make 5 passes before attempting to score
COACHES HINTS
Maintain possession until a pass is on.
Do the players move into space to create options for the passer?
Are the players balanced before attempting the pass?
END LINE
TARGET PLAYER
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HEAD FOR GOAL
GAME ORGANISATION
Game is played in a 30 x 40 metre area
A goal is situated at each end
Players move the ball around the field by catching and throwing
If the ball is dropped, it is handed over to the opposition
When a player catches the ball they can run 5 steps before having to throw to another
teammate
Score by heading the ball into the goal
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can score in any goal
To make the game more difficult:
Goalkeepers are used
COACHES HINTS
Do the players move into space to create options for the passer?
Do the players display urgency when in possession?
Do the players use the correct heading technique?
HEAD FOR GOAL
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OVERLOAD
FINISHING
GAME ORGANISATION
Field is split into 3 zones with a neutral center zone
Players are organised into 2 equal teams of 4
Each team has 2 players in each end zone (no players in central zone)
To score, a team must pass across the neutral zone to one of their teammates
The player who passes the ball can now join their teammates in their zone to create a
3 vs. 2 overload
Teams can score in any end zone goal
When a goal is scored, the "extra" player retreats into their original zone and the goalkeeper
restarts the game
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Reduce the number of players or increase the size of the field
To make the game more difficult:
Position goalkeepers in the goals
COACHES HINTS
Do the players support their teammates and create options as soon as they have passed the ball?
Do the players "pass on the move"?
Do the players support their pass quickly?
OVERLOAD
FINISHING
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PENALTY AREA
URGENCY
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organised into 2 teams of 3
Teams can use 4 lay-off players to pass to in order to maintain possession
Lay-off players cannot score
Teams score in designated goals
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Reduce the number of players or increase the size of the area
To make the game more difficult:
Reduce the number of lay-off players
COACHES HINTS
Do the players support their teammates and create options as soon as they have passed
the ball?
Do the players play the ball quickly with correct pace and accuracy?
Do the players display urgency?
PENALTY AREA
URGENCY
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SHOOT TO
GOALIE
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organized into 2 equal teams
Goals are scored by the team chipping/shooting the ball into the arms of their goalkeeper
Teams prevent the opposition from chipping/shooting the ball to their goalkeeper
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Allow the ball to bounce before reaching the goalkeeper
Bring the goalkeeper closer to the field of play
To make the game more difficult:
Limit the amount of touches any player can have on the ball to 2 or 3
COACHES HINTS
Do the players attack space whenever and wherever possible?
Do the players defend in numbers?
Are the players balanced before attempting the shot/pass?
SHOOT TO
GOALIE
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SWITCH
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
2 players per team are positioned outside the pitch at opposite ends, with the
remainder inside
To score, the players inside the square must pass to 1 outside player and then
to the other without being tackled
Rotate the players that are positioned outside the area
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
A goal is scored each time a pass to an outside player is made
To make the game more difficult:
Limit outside players to 1 touch
COACHES HINTS
Do the players get into a position that will allow them to pass to any outside player?
Do the players move to support a pass into outside player at the right time and at the
right speed?
Do the players defend by preventing a switch into outside players?
SWITCH
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TARGET BALL
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
A zone is marked out at each end of the pitch with balls balancing on cones throughout
the area
To score, players must knock a ball off a cone from outside the end zone by passing
If a player knocks a ball off a cone, they must retrieve both the ball and cone and place
them in their own end zone; thus, creating an overload in favour of the opposing team
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
A goal can be scored from anywhere
To make the game more difficult:
Limit the amount of target balls
COACHES HINTS
Do the players keep possession until a "free" shot is available?
Do the players pass accurately to knock the ball off the cone?
Do the players make use of extra man immediately after goal is scored?
Do the players defend in numbers to prevent a shot?
TARGET BALL
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TARGET MAN
GAME ORGANISATION
Players are organized into 2 equal teams with 1 member of each team in opposite end
zones ("target man")
Players score by passing ball to the "target man" and receiving back without interception
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Overload the amount of players in favour of the team in possession in the defensive
half (4 vs. 2 in each half)
To make the game more difficult:
Limit the amount of passes each team can have before passing to the "target man"
COACHES HINTS
Do the players pass forward whenever and wherever possible?
Do the players keep possession if the forward pass is blocked?
Do the players defend by stopping the pass into target man?
TARGET MAN
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TURNAROUND
GAME ORGANISATION
The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams
2 goals are placed inside the area the wrong way around
To score, players inside the square shoot at any goal
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players score in 1 goal only
To make the game more difficult:
Each team must make 6 passes before attempting to score
COACHES HINTS
Do the players keep the ball moving quickly?
Do the players recognize when a scoring opportunity is on?
Do the players defend the goals as soon as possession is lost?
TURNAROUND
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VOLLEY, CATCH,
VOLLEY
GAME ORGANIZATION
Game is played in a 30 x 30 metre area
Full-size goals are placed on the end lines
Players are split equally into a 7 vs. 7 game
The team in possession can only volley a pass to their teammates (the ball is kicked
from their hands)
When a player has caught the ball, they can run 5 steps before shooting or volleying a pass
If the ball is dropped, the other team gets possession where the ball bounced
Both teams have goalkeepers
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Players can score in any goal
To make the game more difficult:
Goals can only be scored with a direct volley from a teammate's pass
COACHES HINTS
Do the players use a controlled and correct volley technique?
Do the players move into space to create options for the passer?
Do the players display urgency when in possession?
VOLLEY, CATCH,
VOLLEY
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ZONE
SHOOTING
GAME ORGANISATION
Game is played in a 30 x 20 metre area
Full-size goals are placed on the end lines
Play 4 defenders against 2 attackers in each half
Players look for shooting opportunities
Teams are awarded 2 points if they score from their own defensive zone
Teams are awarded 1 point for a goal scored within the attacking zone
GAME ALTERATIONS
To make the game easier:
Award 1 point if the shot is on target
To make the game more difficult:
Position goalkeepers in each goal
COACHES HINTS
Do the players play with urgency and keep the ball moving?
Do the players shoot when balanced or do they "snatch" their shot?
Do the players communicate?
ZONE
SHOOTING
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50 small sided games v1

  • 1. ���������������� ������� Click to install all 50 drills into your DataCoach Templates folder. [ C:/Program Files/DataCoach/Templates ] When installation is complete, visit the Table Of Contents to get started. ����������������� ��������� SMALL SIDED GAMES SMALL SIDED GAMES VOLUME 1 Created in association with: Football Fans Census
  • 2. Created in association with: Football Fans Census 50 Small Sided Games provides the reader with a range of educational modified versions of association football that can be performed both indoor and outdoor to good effect. The games are structured to ensure that players learn the basic principles of defence and attack, and can be manipulated to focus on key techniques such as control, passing, dribbling, running with the ball, heading and shooting. You will find that the practices are very attractive in appearance, contain simple instructions of how to get each practice started, contain useful tips on how to make things easier or more difficult and are full of advice about what to look for. The practices have been designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum (UK) Key stages of development for Invasion games. Practices have therefore been divided into 3 distinct categories for simple use: 1. Sending & Receiving 2. Traveling 3. Striking & Fielding OverviewOverview SMALL SIDED GAMES SMALL SIDED GAMES VOLUME 1 Published by Football Fans Census. For further details please contact tim@footballfanscensus.com ©2006. Material in this publication is owned by the publisher Football Fans Census or its content supplier DataCoach USA, Inc. Soccer UK, DataCoach, the DataCoach logo, Football Fans Census, the Football Fans Census logo, Soccer UK, and the Soccer UK logo are trademarks or registered trademarks. All rights reserved.
  • 3. Created in association with: 50 Small Sided Games is an invaluable tool for any youth team coach, teacher, or football player. This easy-to-use PlayBook has 50 ready-to-use fun drills and practices for passing, receiving, traveling with the ball, and striking. This PlayBook should be used as an integral aid for all youth football coaches and teacher lesson planning, or for players wishing to develop their own understanding of the game. The drills are fully compatible with the leading DataCoach™ Manager Software allowing coaches and teachers to communicate visually and set up, save, print, or email training sessions quickly and simply. For more details visit www.datacoach.net About The Authors Soccer UK is an organisation set up by professional coaches to provide consultation and services to all levels of football in both the U.K. and U.S. Services include: • Sport Science support • Resources – Coaching Books and DVDs • Camps (including individual • Equipment and team instruction) • Player development programs Who are Soccer UK? Damian Roden Damian is the first team fitness coach for English Premier league team Bolton Wanderers Football Club. He is a UEFA "Pro" licence holder and possesses a Masters degree (MSc) in Sports Science. Richard Donnelly Richard is a lecturer of Sports Science and is responsible for football development at his college. He is completing his UEFA "A" licence and has a Masters degree in Sports Science. He is a Scout and Development Coach for Manchester United Football Club. James Hunter James has a BSc in Sports Management as well as being a UEFA "Pro" licence holder. He is a Coaching Development Manager for the Welsh Football Association where he delivers coach education courses including the UEFA “A” and Professional licences. Kevin Thelwell BSc (with honors) Kevin is the former Director of Coach Education for the Welsh Football Association. He is currently the Academy Director for English Championship club Derby County. He is also a UEFA "Pro" licence holder. IntroductionIntroduction Football Fans Census SMALL SIDED GAMES SMALL SIDED GAMES VOLUME 1
  • 4. Created in association with: Football Fans Census CopyrightCopyright SMALL SIDED GAMES SMALL SIDED GAMES VOLUME 1 The owner of this copy of the publication may use information in the ways described in this legal notice: • you may download or print up to 12 copies of the copyright coaching material for training a team or teaching a class purposes; • you must not change any of the PDF material or remove any part of any copyright notice; • no information contained in this publication may be used for commercial purposes, unless the publisher has given its prior written permission. ©2006 Copyright of the material in this publication is owned by the publisher Football Fans Central Limited or its content suppliers DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. DataCoach, the DataCoach logo, Football Fans Census, the Football Fans Census logo, Soccer UK and Soccer UK logo are trademarks or registered trademarks. All rights reserved. Football Fans Census
  • 5. Created in association with: Football Fans Census Sending & Receiving • 3 Goals And 3 Teams Of 3 • 3 Goals Game • 4 Corners Game (Passing) • 4 Goals And 4 Teams • 4 vs. 4 + 4 • 5 vs. 5 vs. 5 • All-2-1 • Any Goal Counts • Build Up • Build Up Again • Centre Circle Tennis • End Zone (Passing) • Match With Support • Outside-In • Outside Players 2 • Overload • "Rest Your Teammate" Keep Ball • Small Goals Game • Split The Defenders • Throw, Head, Catch • Under Pressure • Wall Pass • Zone Ball Traveling • 3 Zone Game (Dribbling) • 6 vs. 6 Possession And Set Up Game Traveling (cont.) • Dribble And Score • Lineball • Man 4 Man • Overlap • "Overload" Breakaway • Running Counter Attack • Unopposed Flank Play Striking & Fielding • 1 vs. 1 Winner Stays On • 3 Zone Game (Passing) • 4 Goal Timed Heading • 6 Goals Game • 6 vs. 6 Multiball • All In One Half To Score • Counter Attack 1 • End Line Target Player • Head For Goal • Overload Finishing • Penalty Area Urgency • Shoot To Goalie • Switch • Target Ball • Target Man • Turnaround • Volley, Catch, Volley • Zone Shooting Table Of ContentsTable Of Contents SMALL SIDED GAMES SMALL SIDED GAMES VOLUME 1
  • 6. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 3 GOALS AND 3 TEAMS OF 3 GAME ORGANISATION Game is played in a 30 x 30 metre area 3 goals are placed anywhere in the area (teams decide this) Goals are 3 metres wide Normal game rules apply except to score a team must maintain possession of the ball and pass the ball through their own goal to a teammate Game restarts in the middle of the pitch GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can score in any goal To make the game more difficult: Goals are scored with a 1-2 through the goal COACHES HINTS Do the players move into space to create options for the passer? Do the players display urgency and attempt to switch play? Do the players use fakes and moves to get away from the opposition? 3 GOALS AND 3 TEAMS OF 3 ���������������������������
  • 7. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 3 GOALS GAME GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 teams with 1 goalkeeper in each of the 3 goals Both teams attempt to score in any of the 3 goals If a goal is scored, that team retains possession from any of the other 2 goalkeepers on coaches command GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players are restricted to a specified zone To make the game more difficult: Team must make 8 passes before scoring or limit touches to 2-touch COACHES HINTS Do the players identify and attack space? Do the players attempt to switch play quickly when regaining possession to score a goal? Do the players recover in numbers when possession is lost to prevent a counter attack? 3 GOALS GAME ������������������������ �����������������
  • 8. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 4 CORNERS GAMES (PASSING) GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams Both teams attack and defend 2 corners To score, players must pass to a teammate in any of the 2 corners they are attacking GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can score in any corner To make the game more difficult: Players can only score in a corner that they have not scored in until all 4 corners have been entered COACHES HINTS Do the players recognize when it is appropriate to switch play? Do the players who have passed the ball attempt to take up new positions to help teammates? Do the players defend by forcing players inside to teammates? 4 CORNERS GAMES (PASSING) ������������������������ �����������������
  • 9. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 4 GOALS AND 4 TEAMS GAME ORGANISATION Game is played in a 30 x 30 metre area Players are organized into 4 teams of 4 Each team is assigned a goal and must defend it while attempting to score in any of the 3 other goals Make sure there is a good supply of balls placed next to each goal to keep the game flowing GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players have unlimited touches To make the game more difficult: A shot must be struck "first time" COACHES HINTS Do the players communicate and move into space to create options for the passer? Do the players use fakes and moves to get away from the opposition? Do the players consider the weight and angle of their pass to create more chances for their teammates? 4 GOALS AND 4 TEAMS ������������������������ �����������������
  • 10. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 4 vs. 4 + 4 GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams: 4 inside the square and 2 outside the square at each end To score, players inside the square must pass the ball to outside players at one end then the opposite end GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players score a goal every 4 passes made To make the game more difficult: Limit the touches players on the outside can have COACHES HINTS Do the players keep the ball moving quickly from one direction to the other? Do the players on the outside identify who to pass to when receiving the ball? Do the players defend in numbers to prevent opposition switching the ball quickly? 4 vs. 4 + 4 ������������������������ �����������������
  • 11. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 5 vs. 5 vs. 5 GAME ORGANISATION Players are organised into 3 equal teams of 5 Game is played in a 40 x 30 metre area Each team wears a different colour jersey Play 10 vs. 5 keep ball The team that loses possession becomes the defending/chasing team Teams can score in any goal GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Chasing players cannot tackle (only intercept) To make the game more difficult: Limit the number of touches a player can have when passing (1- or 2-touch) COACHES HINTS Do the players move into space to create options for the passer? Are the players balanced before attempting the pass? Use short and long passes. 5 vs. 5 vs. 5 ������������������������ �����������������
  • 12. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net ALL-2-1 GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 teams Both teams are restricted to 2 touches per player Players score in normal fashion at each end GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players have unlimited touches To make the game more difficult: Players are restricted to 1 touch COACHES HINTS Do the players understand the importance of keeping possession until a scoring opportunity arrives? Do the players make the right decision as to when to pass and when to travel with the ball? Do the players close opponents down quickly and recover when defending? ALL-2-1 ������������������������ �����������������
  • 13. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net ANY GOAL COUNTS GAME ORGANISATION Players are organised into 2 equal teams Each team can score in any goal When a goal is scored, the game is restarted in the middle of the field Players from both teams can be positioned anywhere on the field at any time GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Reduce the number of players or increase the size of the field To make the game more difficult: Position goalkeepers in the goals COACHES HINTS Can the players tell their teammates where they want the ball passed? Do the players support their teammates and create options as soon as they have passed the ball? Do the players "pass on the move"? ANY GOAL COUNTS ������������������������ �����������������
  • 14. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net BUILD UP GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 teams 4 corner boxes are set up with 1 player from each team inside The coach starts the game by passing to the remaining players positioned inside the pitch Players inside must pass and receive the ball back from any player in a corner box to "free" them and allow them to enter field The team that frees every player and makes 6 passes wins GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: A pass from a player in a box cannot be intercepted To make the game more difficult: Both players in a box enter the pitch after a pass is made COACHES HINTS Do the players pass and move into space to receive a return pass? Do the players keep possession if a pass out to the corner boxes is blocked? Do the players defend in numbers to prevent passes into players in boxes? Do the players hunt to win the ball to prevent the final 6 passes? BUILD UP ������������������������ �����������������
  • 15. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net BUILD UP AGAIN GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams 1 large square is marked out with 4 small squares inside Team 1 is positioned inside 1 small square, with Team 2 positioned outside the same square at the bottom corner Team 1 attempts to make 4 passes against 1 defender If successful, Team 1 attempts to make another 4 passes using 2 small squares with 2 additional defenders entering the squares If successful, Team 1 attempts to make final 4 passes using all 4 small squares with all defenders entering the squares GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Reduce the amount of passes needed and increase the size of the area To make the game more difficult: Limit the touches each player can have and add more defenders earlier COACHES HINTS Do the players keep possession by passing the ball away from defenders? Do the players pass accurately and with appropriate pace on the ball? Do the players make full use of the area and recognize when to create space to keep possession? Do the players defend in numbers to stop accumulation of passes and space? BUILD UP AGAIN ������������������������ �����������������
  • 16. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net CENTRE CIRCLE TENNIS GAME ORGANISATION Teams of 5 are placed in each half of the center circle The ball is served by 1 team from outside the center circle and across the half way line into their opponents half The receiving team can allow the ball to bounce only once The receiving team tries to keep the ball up and return it over the half way line into their opponents semi circle If the ball bounces twice, a point is scored by the opposite team The team winning the point serves GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Unlimited bounces in each half of the semi circle To make the game more difficult: No bounces allowed COACHES HINTS Do the players move quickly to get in line with the ball? Do the players use a range of body parts to return the ball? (can not use their hands) Are the players balanced before attack? CENTRE CIRCLE TENNIS ������������������������ �����������������
  • 17. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net END ZONE (PASSING) GAME ORGANISATION Players are organized into 2 equal teams with an end zone at both ends Players attack and defend one end and score by passing the ball to any player in the end zone GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Introduce a "floating player" who can play for both teams to form 6 vs. 4 To make the game more difficult: Players must have at least 2 touches COACHES HINTS Do the players move the ball quickly and accurately? Do the players control the ball into space away from opposition? Do the players defend in numbers and force the ball into other defenders? Do the players pressure the ball at all times to prevent opposition passing into space? END ZONE (PASSING) ������������������������ �����������������
  • 18. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net MATCH WITH SUPPORT GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 teams Half of the team plays normal football whilst the other half surrounds the outside of the pitch The players on the outside play for their team when they are in possession but must hold their positions Switch roles after a set period GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players on the outside can't be tackled To make the game more difficult: Players on the outside can only have limited touches COACHES HINTS Do the players use the outside players well to create an overload situation? Do the players control the ball in the direction in which they next want to pass? Do the players who have passed the ball attempt to take up new positions to help teammates? MATCH WITH SUPPORT ������������������������ �����������������
  • 19. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net OUTSIDE - IN GAME ORGANISATION Game is played in a 30 x 20 metre area Players are split into equal teams of 5 4 players from each team line up outside the playing area 1 vs. 1 in the central area Central players try to maintain possession and attempt to play a 1-2 (wall pass) with their teammates on the outside If the wall pass is successful, they join their teammate in the central area First team to get all outside players into the central area wins Players on the outside can move up and down the line but cannot enter the area or tackle another outside player making a wall pass GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Outside players can join the game as soon as they receive a pass from the central area To make the game more difficult: The wall pass must be played first touch COACHES HINTS Do the players communicate and move into space to support their teammates? Do the players use well weighted passes? Do the players use fakes and moves to get away from the opposition? OUTSIDE - IN ������������������������ �����������������
  • 20. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net OUTSIDE PLAYERS 2 GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams 2 players on each team are positioned either side of the goal that their team are attacking Players must pass to outside players and receive back before attempting to score GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can score in normal fashion To make the game more difficult: Players on outside are restricted to 1 touch COACHES HINTS Do the players recognize when a direct forward pass is on? Do the players react and support pass back from outside players before defenders? Do the players defend by preventing the ball from outside players? OUTSIDE PLAYERS 2 ������������������������ �����������������
  • 21. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net OVERLOAD GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams The pitch is divided into 4 squares Position 1 team inside a square (attackers), and 1 team outside the square (defenders) Coach starts the game by passing the ball to the attackers who must attempt to make 6 passes As soon as the coach passes the ball, 2 defenders enter the square and attempt to win the ball If attackers make 6 passes, they can then use 2 squares to keep possession, but 2 additional defenders enter the area If attackers make another 6 passes, they can use all 4 squares to keep possession, but another 2 defenders can enter the area The aim of the game is to progress to all 4 squares and make an additional 6 passes If defenders win possession at any time, teams swap roles GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Defenders enter one at a time To make the game more difficult: Players must make more passes before progressing COACHES HINTS Do the players pass to teammates in most amount of space away from defenders to keep possession? Do the players remain composed under pressure from defenders? Do the players create space when they are able to use a bigger area? Do the players defend by working together as units? OVERLOAD ������������������������ �����������������
  • 22. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net "REST YOUR TEAMMATE" KEEP BALL GAME ORGANISATION Players are organised into 2 equal teams 1 member of each team enters the center of the opposition's area Red team starts game by playing keep ball (passing) Blue player chases with the intention of intercepting the ball When one team (area) is playing keep ball, their chaser (in oppositions area) rests If the ball exits the area or the chaser touches the ball the other group starts Game continues for a designated period of time with the teams stopping and starting accordingly Teams keep ball as long as possible so their "chasing player" can rest GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Make the playing area bigger To make the game more difficult: Limit the number of touches a player can have when passing (1- or 2-touch) COACHES HINTS Do the players move into space to create options for the passer? Do the players switch play when being closed down? Are the players balanced before attempting the pass? Do the chasers adopt a low and balanced position when closing down? "REST YOUR TEAMMATE" KEEP BALL ������������������������ �����������������
  • 23. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net SMALL GOALS GAME GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams 5 sets of cones are organized randomly inside the area To score, players must pass through cones to a teammate GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can score in any goal unlimited times To make the game more difficult: Players must attack another goal when they have scored COACHES HINTS Do the players recognize where empty goals are? Do the players who have passed the ball attempt to take up new positions to help teammates? Do the players mark their opposing players to prevent them from receiving passes through goals? SMALL GOALS GAME ������������������������ �����������������
  • 24. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net SPLIT THE DEFENDERS GAME ORGANISATION Game is played in a 15 x 15 metre area 2 defenders are placed in the centre of the square and try to intercept the passes 1 player is placed outside each side of the square Players on the outside pass the ball to any player on the outside All passes must be through the square A point is scored every time the ball dissects the two defenders GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Defenders cannot run To make the game more difficult: An extra central player helps the outside players and only a pass from this central player can dissect the two central defenders COACHES HINTS Do the players on the outside move up and down their line to create space and angle to receive a pass? Do the players make well-weighted passes? Do the players display urgency when in possession? SPLIT THE DEFENDERS ������������������������ �����������������
  • 25. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net THROW, HEAD, CATCH GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams Players must score with a header Players can only pass by a throw followed by a header followed by a catch GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can catch and serve to themselves to head the ball To make the game more difficult: Players must make 2 consecutive headers before catching COACHES HINTS Do the players keep their eye on the ball and mouth closed when heading? Do the players support the player about to head the ball? Do the defenders position themselves where they can see server and player heading ball? THROW, HEAD, CATCH ������������������������ �����������������
  • 26. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net UNDER PRESSURE GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams positioned in a long narrow area 1 floating player is positioned at the narrow end of the area To score, players inside the area must keep possession and get the ball from one end to the other GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Add extra floating players outside the area leaving less players inside To make the game more difficult: Each team must make 6 passes before attempting to pass outside COACHES HINTS Do the players identify where and who to pass to? Do the players pass and move? Do the players defend together to prevent passing in tight areas? UNDER PRESSURE ������������������������ �����������������
  • 27. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net WALL PASS GAME ORGANISATION Game is played in a 20 x 20 metre area 2 metre corner squares are marked out with a player in each 3 vs. 3 game in the center square Aim of the game is to maintain possession of the ball and attempt to score by passing the ball to 1 of the corner players The corner player must make a wall pass to a member of the same team to score a goal Game restarts with opposition in possession after a goal is scored GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can score by passing to any "corner" player To make the game more difficult: Teams can only score by passing to designated "corner" players COACHES HINTS Do the players move into space to create passing options? Do the players use fakes and moves to get away from the opposition? Do the players control the ball into space away from the opposition? WALL PASS ������������������������ �����������������
  • 28. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net ZONE BALL GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 4 teams of 4 players positioned in 4 separate zones Players in Zone 1 attempt to pass to players in Zone 3 Players in Zone 2 attempt to pass to players in Zone 4 To score, players must pass and receive the ball back from the corresponding team in each zone GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Use 2 balls so players can choose to defend or attack To make the game more difficult: 1 player from each team can enter the zone with the ball COACHES HINTS Do the players identify when to keep possession and when to pass forward? Do the players pass and move? Do players defend together to prevent passes in between? ZONE BALL ������������������������ �����������������
  • 29. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 3 ZONE GAME (DRIBBLING) GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 teams The pitch is split into 3 zones (defensive, middle, and attacking zones) Teams are overloaded in the defensive/attacking zone (2 defenders vs. 1 attacker) but equal in the middle zone Both teams can only score in the attacking zone Players can only get from 1 zone to the next by dribbling the ball across zones GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can all move from zone to zone, with or without the ball, when their team has possession To make the game more difficult: Teams must get from zone to zone after 3 passes inside the zone COACHES HINTS Do the players identify and run the ball into space? Do the players keep the ball close to their feet whilst looking up to identify where teammates and opponents are positioned? Do the players channel the ball into own players when defending versus channeling ball into space for opponents to dribble/run into? 3 ZONE GAME (DRIBBLING) ������������������������ �����������������
  • 30. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 6 vs. 6 POSSESSION AND SET UP GAME GAME ORGANISATION Game is played in a 30 x 20 metre area Field is split equally into a central and 2 end zones A goal is placed on each end line Teams play keep away and attempt to put 5 passes together If successful, the 6th pass must be a weighted pass out of the central zone into an end zone A teammate must time their run so they make a shot before the ball runs out of the zone or comes to a halt GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Make the central zone bigger To make the game more difficult: Place a goalkeeper in each goal COACHES HINTS Do the players support their teammates? Does the runner time their run? Are the passes well weighted? 6 vs. 6 POSSESSION AND SET UP GAME ������������������������ �����������������
  • 31. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net DRIBBLE AND SCORE GAME ORGANISATION Game is played in a central 20 x 20 metre area Goals are situated 15 metres at each side of the square Players are split into teams of 2 Teams defend the line nearest to their goal To score, a player must dribble past the defenders and their end line and towards the goal They must attempt to score within 5 seconds of leaving the central square After the shot/goal, the coach kicks the ball in to restart the game GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can score in any goal To make the game more difficult: Teams must make 5 consecutive passes before dribbling out of the central area COACHES HINTS Do the players display urgency when in possession? Do players dribble the ball at pace? Do players make decisive breaks out of the central area? DRIBBLE AND SCORE ������������������������ �����������������
  • 32. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net LINEBALL GAME ORGANISATION Players are organized into 2 equal teams Regular soccer rules except: Goals are scored by the team stopping the ball on their opponent's end line Teams prevent the opposition from stopping the ball on their end line GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Create a bigger "end zone" where the players can stop the ball To make the game more difficult: Limit the number of touches any player can have on the ball to 2 or 3 touches COACHES HINTS Do the players use fakes and moves to get past the opposition? Do the players attack space whenever and wherever possible? Do the players attempt to disguise their pass? LINEBALL ������������������������ �����������������
  • 33. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net MAN 4 MAN GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 teams Players are allocated an opponent on the opposite team Each player can only tackle their allocated opponent Players score by attacking 1 goal and defending 1 goal GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can pass to each other at any time To make the game more difficult: Players can only pass once they have beaten their opponent COACHES HINTS Do the players change speed when they have past their opponent and attack space? Do the players keep possession if they are not able to beat an opponent? Do the players defend by closing the ball down quickly and preventing opponents from building up speed? Do players recover quickly when an opponent gets past them by taking the quickest route to the goal? MAN 4 MAN ������������������������ �����������������
  • 34. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net OVERLAP GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams 2 channels are marked out on each side of the pitch Players can run with the ball into the channel or receive a pass in the channel when their team has possession of the ball GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can stand in the channel at any time To make the game more difficult: Players have limited touches in the channel COACHES HINTS Do the players use the channel effectively to create an overload situation or create space to receive a pass? Do the players in the channel make correct decisions to pass quickly or travel with the ball to gain ground? Do the players defend by cutting off passes into the channel? OVERLAP ������������������������ �����������������
  • 35. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net "OVERLOAD" BREAKAWAY GAME ORGANISATION Using a half field, mark off a 10 x 10 metre area near the half way line A team of 5 starts playing "keep away" against a team of 3 When the team of 3 touches the ball, they sprint out of the area and collect another ball This team of 3 joins another 2 attackers that have been waiting for them The 2 defenders now try and stop the attacking 5 players from scoring GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Reduce the number of defenders to 1 To make the game more difficult: Limit the time the attacking players have on the ball (e.g. 10 seconds) COACHES HINTS Do the attacking players move at pace (thus not allowing the defenders to become organized)? Can the attacking players make runs to "take away" the defenders and create more space for the attacking team? "OVERLOAD" BREAKAWAY ������������������������ �����������������
  • 36. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net RUNNING COUNTER ATTACK GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams The pitch is divided into 10 zones by dividing the field into a central zone and an inner and outer zone in each half 2 players per team are positioned in the central zone and can go into any half 1 player per team is positioned in each remaining zone (pictured) but must stay in their zones Players score in normal fashion GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can move into any zone To make the game more difficult: Merge inner and outer zones to form defenders and attackers in the same zone COACHES HINTS Do the players attack space at speed whilst maintaining control of the ball? Do the players whilst traveling with the ball keep their head up to see where defenders are? Do the players defend by closing space down to prevent attackers from running with the ball? RUNNING COUNTER ATTACK ������������������������ �����������������
  • 37. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net UNOPPOSED FLANK PLAY GAME ORGANIZATION Players are organised into 2 equal teams Regular game rules except 1 player is positioned in each side zone Any player can pass to them These "flank" players cannot be tackled and play for which ever team passes to them If a team passes to them, the "flank" player can run the length of the field and cross the ball for "their" team to attempt to score When a goal is scored, the game is restarted from the goalkeeper GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players do not have to score first touch off the cross To make the game more difficult: Create a scoring zone where only 2 defenders and 2 attackers can enter COACHES HINTS Can attacking players tell their teammates (crossing player) where they want the ball passed/crossed? Do the players support their teammates and create options as soon as they have passed the ball? Are the "flank" players utilized well to get out of trouble? UNOPPOSED FLANK PLAY ������������������������ �����������������
  • 38. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 1 vs. 1 WINNER STAYS ON GAME ORGANISATION Players are organized into 2 teams Play 1 vs. 1 in a 10 x 15 metre area with goals Teammates wait outside the area with a ball When a goal is scored, the losing player exits the field An outside player from the other side brings their ball into the playing area and starts to play Players can only shoot when within the oppositions half of the field GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Create 2 small goals on each end line To make the game more difficult: Position goalkeepers in the goals COACHES HINTS Can the players make quick decisions and shoot at a good time? Do the defenders close down their opposite player quickly? Do the attacking players perform tricks/moves to try and unbalance their opponent? 1 vs. 1 WINNER STAYS ON ������������������������ �����������������
  • 39. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 3 ZONE GAME (PASSING) GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 teams The pitch is split into 3 zones (defensive, middle, and attacking) Teams are overloaded in the defensive/attacking zones (2 defenders vs. 1 attacker) but equal in the middle zone Both teams can only score in attacking zone Players can only get from one zone to the next by passing ball across zones GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can all move from zone to zone with or without the ball when their team has possession To make the game more difficult: Team must get from zone to zone after 3 passes inside zone COACHES HINTS Do the players identify players in space? Do the players pass the ball accurately and with correct weight that allow them to keep possession? Do the players close opponents down quickly when defending? 3 ZONE GAME (PASSING) ������������������������ �����������������
  • 40. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 4 GOAL TIMED HEADING GAME ORGANISATION Game is played in a 10 x 10 metre area A goal is placed on each side of the square "Feeders" are placed at each corner with 2 balls each On command "go" the center player calls for a ball to be thrown in the air towards them and attempts to score in any goal Player must move to another feeder to attempt a header The practice is timed For every header that misses, 10 seconds is added to their overall time GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Make the goals bigger To make the game more difficult: A goalkeeper is situated in every goal COACHES HINTS Do the players move towards the ball? Do the players use the correct heading technique? Are the players competitive? 4 GOAL TIMED HEADING ������������������������ �����������������
  • 41. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 6 GOALS GAME GAME ORGANISATION Players are organized into 2 equal teams Players attack 3 goals and defend 3 goals GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Each team has a 1 floating player and can play for both teams, therefore overloading the practice in the favour of the team in possession 7 vs. 5 To make the game more difficult: Limit the amount of touches any player can have on the ball to 2 or 3 COACHES HINTS Do the players attack space whenever and wherever possible? Do the players switch play when attacking a crowded goal? Do the players defend in numbers and force the ball into other players as opposed to towards other goals? 6 GOALS GAME ������������������������ �����������������
  • 42. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net 6 vs. 6 MULTIBALL GAME ORGANISATION Players are organised into 2 equal teams Each team must score in a pre-determined goal On the coaches decision, an extra ball is passed into play Players determine which ball(s) they are going to focus on When a goal is scored, the game continues until the other ball is either scored or goes out of play Players from both teams can be positioned anywhere on the field at any time GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Introduce 4 corner goals instead of the 2 centre goals To make the game more difficult: Position goalkeepers in the goals COACHES HINTS Do the players communicate? Do the players demonstrate game awareness (especially when the 2nd ball is introduced)? Do the players support their teammates and create options as soon as they have passed the ball? 6 vs. 6 MULTIBALL ������������������������ �����������������
  • 43. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net ALL IN ONE HALF TO SCORE GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams A half way line is marked out with cones To score, all players must be attacking in half of the pitch GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players have unlimited touches To make the game more difficult: Goals are doubled if opponents do not get back in own half COACHES HINTS Do the players remember to move forward together when attacking? Do the players attempt to break quickly when regaining possession? Do the players recover when possession is lost? ALL IN ONE HALF TO SCORE ������������������������ �����������������
  • 44. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net COUNTER ATTACK 1 GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 3 teams 1 team is positioned in one half of the pitch with 2 teams in the other half (1 defending, 1 attacking) A half way zone is marked out with cones If the attacking team scores, they maintain possession and attack the team in the opposite half by passing through the central zone If the defensive team wins possession, they counter attack the team in the opposite half by passing through central zone Only the team in possession can enter the central zone GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Teams take turns attacking the team in the opposite half To make the game more difficult: When a goal has been scored, limit the team's amount of passes to attack the team in the opposite half (through the central zone) COACHES HINTS Do the players remember to move forward together when attacking? Do the players attempt to break quickly when regaining possession or scoring a goal? Do the players recover when possession is lost to prevent a counter attack? COUNTER ATTACK 1 ������������������������ �����������������
  • 45. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net END LINE TARGET PLAYER GAME ORGANISATION Players are organised into 2 equal teams Play in a 30 x 20 metre area with cones designating two halves 3 vs. 2 in each half A player from each team is placed on an end line Score by passing from your own half directly to an end-line player If the defending team manages to get the ball, can they pass to their "back" zone where their teammates can attempt to pass to their end player? GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Create a bigger overload of 4 vs. 2 To make the game more difficult: Teams must make 5 passes before attempting to score COACHES HINTS Maintain possession until a pass is on. Do the players move into space to create options for the passer? Are the players balanced before attempting the pass? END LINE TARGET PLAYER ������������������������ �����������������
  • 46. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net HEAD FOR GOAL GAME ORGANISATION Game is played in a 30 x 40 metre area A goal is situated at each end Players move the ball around the field by catching and throwing If the ball is dropped, it is handed over to the opposition When a player catches the ball they can run 5 steps before having to throw to another teammate Score by heading the ball into the goal GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can score in any goal To make the game more difficult: Goalkeepers are used COACHES HINTS Do the players move into space to create options for the passer? Do the players display urgency when in possession? Do the players use the correct heading technique? HEAD FOR GOAL ������������������������ �����������������
  • 47. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net OVERLOAD FINISHING GAME ORGANISATION Field is split into 3 zones with a neutral center zone Players are organised into 2 equal teams of 4 Each team has 2 players in each end zone (no players in central zone) To score, a team must pass across the neutral zone to one of their teammates The player who passes the ball can now join their teammates in their zone to create a 3 vs. 2 overload Teams can score in any end zone goal When a goal is scored, the "extra" player retreats into their original zone and the goalkeeper restarts the game GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Reduce the number of players or increase the size of the field To make the game more difficult: Position goalkeepers in the goals COACHES HINTS Do the players support their teammates and create options as soon as they have passed the ball? Do the players "pass on the move"? Do the players support their pass quickly? OVERLOAD FINISHING ������������������������ �����������������
  • 48. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net PENALTY AREA URGENCY GAME ORGANISATION Players are organised into 2 teams of 3 Teams can use 4 lay-off players to pass to in order to maintain possession Lay-off players cannot score Teams score in designated goals GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Reduce the number of players or increase the size of the area To make the game more difficult: Reduce the number of lay-off players COACHES HINTS Do the players support their teammates and create options as soon as they have passed the ball? Do the players play the ball quickly with correct pace and accuracy? Do the players display urgency? PENALTY AREA URGENCY ������������������������ �����������������
  • 49. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net SHOOT TO GOALIE GAME ORGANISATION Players are organized into 2 equal teams Goals are scored by the team chipping/shooting the ball into the arms of their goalkeeper Teams prevent the opposition from chipping/shooting the ball to their goalkeeper GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Allow the ball to bounce before reaching the goalkeeper Bring the goalkeeper closer to the field of play To make the game more difficult: Limit the amount of touches any player can have on the ball to 2 or 3 COACHES HINTS Do the players attack space whenever and wherever possible? Do the players defend in numbers? Are the players balanced before attempting the shot/pass? SHOOT TO GOALIE ������������������������ �����������������
  • 50. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net SWITCH GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams 2 players per team are positioned outside the pitch at opposite ends, with the remainder inside To score, the players inside the square must pass to 1 outside player and then to the other without being tackled Rotate the players that are positioned outside the area GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: A goal is scored each time a pass to an outside player is made To make the game more difficult: Limit outside players to 1 touch COACHES HINTS Do the players get into a position that will allow them to pass to any outside player? Do the players move to support a pass into outside player at the right time and at the right speed? Do the players defend by preventing a switch into outside players? SWITCH ������������������������ �����������������
  • 51. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net TARGET BALL GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams A zone is marked out at each end of the pitch with balls balancing on cones throughout the area To score, players must knock a ball off a cone from outside the end zone by passing If a player knocks a ball off a cone, they must retrieve both the ball and cone and place them in their own end zone; thus, creating an overload in favour of the opposing team GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: A goal can be scored from anywhere To make the game more difficult: Limit the amount of target balls COACHES HINTS Do the players keep possession until a "free" shot is available? Do the players pass accurately to knock the ball off the cone? Do the players make use of extra man immediately after goal is scored? Do the players defend in numbers to prevent a shot? TARGET BALL ������������������������ �����������������
  • 52. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net TARGET MAN GAME ORGANISATION Players are organized into 2 equal teams with 1 member of each team in opposite end zones ("target man") Players score by passing ball to the "target man" and receiving back without interception GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Overload the amount of players in favour of the team in possession in the defensive half (4 vs. 2 in each half) To make the game more difficult: Limit the amount of passes each team can have before passing to the "target man" COACHES HINTS Do the players pass forward whenever and wherever possible? Do the players keep possession if the forward pass is blocked? Do the players defend by stopping the pass into target man? TARGET MAN ������������������������ �����������������
  • 53. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net TURNAROUND GAME ORGANISATION The coach organises the group into 2 equal teams 2 goals are placed inside the area the wrong way around To score, players inside the square shoot at any goal GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players score in 1 goal only To make the game more difficult: Each team must make 6 passes before attempting to score COACHES HINTS Do the players keep the ball moving quickly? Do the players recognize when a scoring opportunity is on? Do the players defend the goals as soon as possession is lost? TURNAROUND ������������������������ �����������������
  • 54. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net VOLLEY, CATCH, VOLLEY GAME ORGANIZATION Game is played in a 30 x 30 metre area Full-size goals are placed on the end lines Players are split equally into a 7 vs. 7 game The team in possession can only volley a pass to their teammates (the ball is kicked from their hands) When a player has caught the ball, they can run 5 steps before shooting or volleying a pass If the ball is dropped, the other team gets possession where the ball bounced Both teams have goalkeepers GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Players can score in any goal To make the game more difficult: Goals can only be scored with a direct volley from a teammate's pass COACHES HINTS Do the players use a controlled and correct volley technique? Do the players move into space to create options for the passer? Do the players display urgency when in possession? VOLLEY, CATCH, VOLLEY ������������������������ �����������������
  • 55. Football Fans Census LAYOUT COACHING POINTS In association with: ©2006 Copyright Football Fans Central Limited, DataCoach USA. Inc, Soccer UK. All Rights reserved. www.datacoach.net ZONE SHOOTING GAME ORGANISATION Game is played in a 30 x 20 metre area Full-size goals are placed on the end lines Play 4 defenders against 2 attackers in each half Players look for shooting opportunities Teams are awarded 2 points if they score from their own defensive zone Teams are awarded 1 point for a goal scored within the attacking zone GAME ALTERATIONS To make the game easier: Award 1 point if the shot is on target To make the game more difficult: Position goalkeepers in each goal COACHES HINTS Do the players play with urgency and keep the ball moving? Do the players shoot when balanced or do they "snatch" their shot? Do the players communicate? ZONE SHOOTING �������������� �����������������