Objective: This game aims to improve communication and to practise defending as a team.

Age range: U9s and upwards.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Set-up: Divide your players into two, evenly matched teams.

Create a 40 yards long by 30 yards wide pitch with goals at either ends.

How to play:

  • The coach picks a “ghost” player for each team.
  • The opposing team does NOT know who the ghost is.
  • The ghost is the only player who can score a goal.

Note: If a player other than the ghost scores, it counts as an own goal. Award a point to the other team.

Change the ghost every time he or she scores.

Coaching notes: The attacking team has to work together to create shooting opportunities for the ghost while the defence tries to figure out who the ghost is and defends, or doubles up on the ghost to prevent a goal from being scored.

Coach Nathan says: “I have a striker on my team that simply refused to pass the ball. She would rather kick the ball out of bounds before making a safe back pass. Ghost helped her learn the meaning of team work and all my girls love the game!”

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