Find the target player

This very simple small-sided game is one of my players’ favourites. It works on keeping your players’ heads up, good off-the-ball movement and quick decision making. It is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Set-up: set up a playing area 30 yards long by 20 yards wide for every eight players in your squad. Divide your players into teams of four and put two teams in each playing area.

Tip: if you have one or two spare players, have one or two teams of five. If you have three spare players, make them into a team.

How to play: one player from each team wears a distinctive bib. He or she is the target player.

Play “normal” football with one condition: goals can only be scored by the target player.

Change the target player after every goal.

First to four goals wins (or, if you have a team of five, first to five goals).