soccer coaching game for passing, switching play and defence

This game is great for developing passing, encouraging switching play in attack, and teaching cover and balance in defence.

The "Four Goal Game" can be used with players aged from six to 16, it's very easy to set up and explain, and it can be used with any number of players. Just set up one game for every eight players in your squad.

Set-up: The Four Goal Game is best played with teams of four outfield players plus a goalkeeper but you can play it without a 'keeper. Try not to play with larger teams - too many players on the pitch gives children too many choices and limits the number of touches they will get on the ball.

With eight to 16-year-olds, create a 30-yard square playing area with two small goals on each end line. For younger players, use a smaller area.

How to play: each team defends and attacks two goals.

There are no corners. When the ball crosses the goal line, it is a goal kick, and it doesn't matter who kicked the ball off.

Goalkeepers always roll the ball out. No big, hopeful kicks upfield!

You are looking for possession soccer and attempting to "pull" the bulk of the defenders over to defend one goal before switching the ball suddenly towards the goal, which is not guarded as well, and trying to score there.

Progression:
  • Older children can be limited in the number of touches they are allowed.
  • Award extra points for goals which come directly from the team switching play.
  • Award a "goal" for every four or five passes.
  • Players can only score from their first touch.

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