Inside out

Objective: To encourage your players to use the whole width of the pitch.

Age range: U9s and older.

Number of players: Nine (but can be easily adapted for a different number of players)

Equipment required: Flat cones, training vests, six small goals (or traffic cones/poles as goal posts), one ball.

Set up: Place three goals at each end of 30×20 yards playing area.

Divide your players into two teams of four, plus one neutral player.

How to play: Both teams defend and attack three goals.

  • They score one point for scoring in the centre goal and three points for scoring in one of the outside goals.
  • The neutral player plays for the team in possession.
  • Play for 10 minutes or until a set score is reached.
  • When the ball goes out of play, the game is restarted with a kick-in from the line.


1. Points are scored by dribbling the ball through a goal instead of shooting.

2. The neutral player is restricted to two or three touches.

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