Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity simply involves adding structure to a small sided game.
Frequently a team will end a training session with a small sided game. They might play 7 v 7 including keepers
An alternative is to put them into different formations. In the diagram below the black team is in a 3-1-2 and the yellow team is in a 2-2-2. Challenging the players to figure out how to handle mismatches will allow them to work on their on field problem solving abilities.
Just like in a regular game of soccer, just because they are playing a formation doesn’t mean there isn’t fluidity in their play, however, when there is a dead ball, it is expected they will go back to their formations.
Adding formations to small sided games can make a huge difference (both good and bad) in what is accomplished in a training session.
Just something to think about.
Have a great day!