The Maradona game

Objective: To encourage flair and dribbling ability.

Age group: U7s and upwards.

Set up: Create a 40×30 yards area with a goal at each end. Divide your players into teams of four, wearing bibs.

How to play: Normal football rules apply. Games last 10 or 15 minutes.

Pick a player from each team to be “Maradona”.

When Maradona gets the ball, he must try to score a goal by beating the players in front of him. He is not allowed to pass.

If he loses possession or the ball goes out of play, the game restarts.

Coaching notes: Encourage players to express themselves and to use speed and skills.

  • Change the players who are Maradona every two or three minutes.

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