the six goal soccer game using key skills

This is a classic coaching game that I use several times a season with players aged from six to 15.

It works on several key skills - attacking, defending, communicating, making decisions, passing, shooting. In fact, just about everything your players need!

Set-up: Mark out a 40x30-yard area with three evenly spaced goals at each end.

Create two evenly matched teams of four or five players. No goalkeepers.

How to play: Each team defends its three goals and tries to score in the opponent's three goals. The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins.

You can play for a set time or until one team scores a certain number of goals.

Variations:
  • Play three or two-touch.
  • Goals must be scored with a player's first touch.
  • Dribble through the goals instead of shooting.

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