Communication

Three musketeers

Objective: To improve passing, support off the ball, teamwork and communication. Age group: U8s to U12s. Set up: Divide your players into teams of four – a goalkeeper and three outfield players. Two teams play football in a 30×20 yards area with one condition: All three outfield players have to touch the ball before a […]

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Team dribble

Objective: To improve aerobic fitness, dribbling and team-working skills. Set up: Split your players into teams of four. Each team stands behind a cone with a turning cone about 20 yards away. The team decides in what order they are going to run (1 to 4). How to play: Runner 1 dribbles a ball to […]

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Neutral players game

Age range: U8 upwards. Set-up: The game is played by teams of four or five players on a 30 yards long by 20 yards wide pitch with four goals – two on each end line. Each team attacks and defends two goals. How to play: The two neutral players take up various positions depending on […]

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Triangles

Objectives: To practice support play, passing and receiving. Age group: U9s to U15s. Set-up: Create a 20-yard square for every five players in your squad. Mark out a triangle with cones, poles or flags in the centre of each area. Split your players into groups of five (four attackers and one defender). Note: You can […]

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Four way football

This game will encourage young players to play with their heads up and spot opportunities as they try to score in three goals while defending their own. Objective: To practice shooting, football “vision”, communication and support play. Age range: U6s to U14s. Set-up: Create a 30-yard square with a goal on each side line. Divide […]

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It’s a knockout!

Objective: to improve decision making, communication, passing and shooting skills. Experience: any. Set up: three goals are evenly spaced around the edge of a circular playing area. The size of the playing area depends on the age and experience of your players. For players up to the age of about eight, I suggest the circle […]

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The transfer game

Objective: This soccer coaching game is a useful one to help youngsters practice overload situations (4v3, 5v2 and so on). It also helps solve that old soccer coaching problem – how to pick teams for the end of session scrimmage! Set up: create a playing area 30 yards wide by 40 yards long and divide […]

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Don’t talk!

A soccer coach contacted me concerned that his 11-year-old players were not communicating on the pitch, although they had been playing together for four years. Very young children are too busy chasing the ball to talk but 11-year-olds should be able to warn their team mates when there’s a “man on” or call for a […]

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