Two in one

Objective: To practise all the usual elements of a SSG: passing, receiving and support play. It also makes your players react to a sudden change of objective. One moment they can be trying to score in a goal, the next moment they are trying to dribble or pass the ball into space.

Create a 40 yards long by 30 yards wide playing area with a goal at each end. The playing area also has two five-yard-wide channels (end zones) marked parallel to the side lines.

Play with two teams of four players or four outfield players plus goalkeepers.

How to play: The objective for each team is to try to score in the goals or stop the ball in an end zone, depending on which game you tell them to play.

For the first three or four minutes they play “normal” football then you call out “end zones” or “change”. Now they score a “goal” by stopping the ball in an end zone.

The first team to score five goals is the winner.

Tips: If a team scores in a goal when they are supposed to trying to stop the ball in an end zone, that’s an “own goal” – a point to the other team.

The first time you change the game, tell your players which end zone or goal they are attacking but only tell them once.

Progression: Limit your players to three touches.

Put a target player in each end zone whose job it is to receive a pass when the end zone game is being played. In the two-goal game, goals can only be scored if the move includes a pass to the target player.

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