The teams line up outside the grid opposite
each other. Assign each player a number.
The coach starts the game by tossing the ball
inside the grid and calling a number.
The players of that number from each team run
into the field of play and try to score through the opposite goal.
If you want to emphasise close control, make
it a condition that a goal can only be scored if they have control of the ball and be no
more than two steps away from it when the ball crosses the line. If they do not have
control or are more than two steps away from the ball, the goal does not count.
Alternatively, you can encourage quick shooting by allowing
the children to shoot as soon as they get a sight of goal.
techniques, (closing down, positioning between the attacker and the goal, not 'diving
in'), can also be emphasised and reinforced in this fun 1 v 1.
If the ball goes out of the
grid, throw another ball in to keep the game flowing. Try throwing it in high so your kids
can practice controlling a bouncing ball.
Once a player scores, award that
team 1 point. First team to score, say, three points wins.
After players are back into
position call out another number.
To make the game more
interesting, call out a second number while the first pair are playing. Now you have a 2 v
2 team situation. Now you can focus on defensive techniques, communication, quick passing
and running off the ball.