This is a small sided football coaching game that can be varied from 1v1 to 4v1. It is fast
paced and requires good dribbling, passing, shooting skills and teamwork.
Cone off a small rectangular area
just a little smaller than the penalty box. Divide the players evenly into 2
teams of about 4 to 6 players.
Start with a player from each team in the area, toss the ball in and have
them play 1v1 until one player scores or the ball goes out of bounds. Each
score is worth one point and you play to 10 or 15.
Here is the twist. When one player scores not only do they get one point but
they also get a teammate to join them in the next scrimmage thus making it a
2v1. If they score again that time they get another point and another
teammate to go 3v1 the next time. This continues until they succeed at a
4v1. Then you start over at 1v1 again.
Change the lone defender each time the other team scores with a new player.
Yes, the defender is at a progressive disadvantage as the other team scores
because they get an additional player, but remember all that defending
player has to do is kick the ball out of bounds (clear the ball) and all the
players leave the area to start over at 1v1.
It will amaze you how many times the team with 3 or 4 players will waste
their numerical advantage by not passing well, or fumbling the ball out of
bounds. They might not talk to each other and sometimes a "ballhog" may lose
it to the lone defender while all the others watch. Furthermore, it is
refreshing to see the outnumbered lone defender "rise" to the occasion, stop
the "odd-man" rush, and clear the ball thus returning the game to 1v1. The
team with numbers will have to learn to pass quickly with 1 or 2 touches or
"THEY'RE OUTTA HERE!"
There is lots the coach can impart in a drill like this especially
emphasizing 2 touch passing, teamwork and patience.
If you really want to emphasize the passing game, make it a requirement that
each player touches the ball before they can shoot and score. They will
learn to work it around the area with square passes and trail passes before
they work it in for a shot.
The only real disadvantage to this game is that your kids will want to play
it all the time!