Objectives: to improve passing, receiving,
communication and team work
This 4 v.4 game is free flowing and gives players a lot of problems
to solve. It is a good game to use towards the end of the session as it is
very close to the 'real' thing.
good thing about this game is that since teams end up attacking in two
different directions it forces players to play in different positions.
They are at the back of the team when their team attacks one end-zone,
while they will find themselves at the top of the team when they attack in
the other direction. This is great for their development.
Set up the field
as shown with a seven yard 'End-Zone' at each end.
Score a goal by
getting the ball from one 'End-Zone' to the other by passing or
Once a goal is
scored, immediately attack going in the other direction. Do not give the
ball to the other team. The 'End-Zones' are free, only the
attacking team can enter these areas.
This game also
encourages players to "SPREAD OUT" and work together, which, players are
starting to be able to do at this age. At first, players will be tempted
to just kick the ball up the field instead of passing. With patience, and
demonstration of what is possible, this game could have a dramatic impact
on their ability to play attractive, skilful soccer.