|A mini world cup is great fun but it also
gives young players many opportunities to practise all the skills they've been working on
during the season.
It's also a good way to prepare for a tournament and get used to any special rules you're
going to encounter.
Set-up: divide your players into
teams of three, four or five.
Ask them to choose a captain and a team name.
Team names can be a country but they could be the name of a favourite animal, their school
class or anything else. Encourage originality!
You could also invite one or two neighbouring clubs to send some teams along. If you
choose to do that, make sure they understand the games are small-sided, everyone plays (no
substitutes) and you're playing for fun; all the players will be winners.
Don't coach from the touchlines and don't have referees - the players can ref their own
How to play:
- Set up an area 30
yards long by 20 yards wide for every two teams.
- Every team plays every
- Matches can be between
five and 15 minutes long, depending on how old your players are, the weather conditions
and how many teams you have.
- It makes it easier if
all the games start on a loud whistle and they all end on a whistle.
- Give teams a few
minutes between each round of matches to have a rest.
At the end of the
day, congratulate everyone and give each team a small prize to share. A bag of sweets is