Criss cross soccer

Objective: To encourage players to keep their heads up, to develop soccer “vision”, communication, switching play.

Age range: U8s to U14s.

Set up: Create a 20-yard square for every eight players.

Place a small goal (or a couple of cones, three feet apart) in each corner of the area.

Divide your players into two teams of four.

How to play

Each team has two goals to defend and two goals to try to score in.

The first team to score X number of goals wins.

Coaching notes

It can take a few minutes for your players to get used to this game. But you should persevere – it really does reward the players who can get their heads up and make a good decision regarding which goal to attack.