keepaway wars coaching game

I like keepaway games. They are great for improving ball control, shielding the ball, supporting play and communication.

But straightforward keepaway quickly bores young players. There's not much fun and no end result.

Keepaway Wars, however, is fun to play and it can get very competitive. My players love it!

Experience: Any.

Set up: Split your players into two teams and number them from 1 upwards.

Create two playing areas. For team sizes up to six, 20 yards by 20 yards is fine. If you have more than that (or your players are inexperienced) make the grids bigger.

How to play: Use one team per grid. To begin with, your players pass the ball to each other in number order: 1 to 2 to 3 to 4.

Make sure the players move after passing (no playing statues!) and they use the whole of the grid.

Progression: after a few minutes, call a number. The players with that number runs into the other team's grid and tries to steal the ball. Whoever steals the ball first gets a point for their team.