Communication

The one goal game

Suitable for: all ages/experience. Set up: use a suitable sized playing area with one cone or pole goal set in the middle (not on the end line). Pick two teams of three or four, plus a goalkeeper. How to play: Both teams attack and defend the one goal. Goals can be scored from either side […]

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You’re off!

Objective: To improve possession, ball control, short passing, supporting the player on the ball. Age range: U10s and upwards. Difficulty: Medium. Set-up: Divide your players into three teams with goalkeepers. Set up a 40×30 playing area with goals at both ends. Note: If you have an uneven number of players just make one or two […]

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Cone knock off

Objective: To improve passing, movement off the ball and teamwork. Age group: U7s to U12s. Equipment required: Some flat cones, three balls, training vests in two colours. Set-up: Create a 25-yard square playing area. Divide your players into a team of four (the attackers) and a team of two (the defenders). If you have more […]

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Back to front

Age range: U6s and upwards. Number of players: Eight. Set-up: Create a 30×20 playing area with two goals set in about five yards from each end line. How to play: Divide your players into two teams of four. Goalkeepers are optional. Each team is given one goal to defend and one to attack. They can […]

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Ghost

Objective: This game aims to improve communication and to practise defending as a team. Age range: U9s and upwards. Difficulty: Moderate. Set-up: Divide your players into two, evenly matched teams. Create a 40 yards long by 30 yards wide pitch with goals at either ends. How to play: The coach picks a “ghost” player for […]

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The Real Madrid game

Objective: To develop football “vision”. To encourage quick passing and take goalscoring opportunities. Age range: U7s to U14s. Equipment: Some flat cones, training vests in two different colours, two poles, one ball. Set-up: Place a goal made with two poles (or cones) in the centre of a 30-yard square. Divide your players into two teams […]

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Two in one

Objective: To practise all the usual elements of a SSG: passing, receiving and support play. It also makes your players react to a sudden change of objective. One moment they can be trying to score in a goal, the next moment they are trying to dribble or pass the ball into space. Create a 40 […]

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Numbers up

Objective: To improve passing, shooting, communication and possession skills. The players’ objective: To score or keep possession of the ball. Age range: U9s and upwards. Difficulty: Medium. Set-up: Create a 40 yards long by 30 yards wide playing area with a small goal in each corner. This game is played between two uneven teams. In […]

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