soccer coaching game to improve speed of play

Try this "Tag Netball" game to improve your players speed on the pitch.

Objective: To improve speed of play, movement off the ball, supporting the player with the ball.

Age range: U7s to U14s

Set-up: Use an area 40 yards long by 30 yards wide with a goal at each end.

Create two evenly matched teams of five or six players wearing bibs.

How to play: The players' objective is to throw the ball into the opposition goal.

  • Play begins with you throwing a ball in the air.
  • Teams advance the ball up the field by throwing it from player to player.
  • If the player holding the ball is tagged by an opposition player possession goes to the other team.
  • Balls that go over the side or end lines result in a throw-in from wherever the ball went out of play.
  • First team to score five goals wins.

Tips: Other than tagging, physical contact is not allowed.

Stop players protecting their goal by setting the goals three yards back from the end lines.

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