A Small-Sided Game With a Twist

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity is a small sided game with a twist.

Start with a keeper in goal, 2 attackers and 2 defenders.  The attackers and defenders start around the 12 yard spot.  A server starts with balls around 30 yards out.

In this example, the black team is attacking and the yellow team is defending.

The game starts with the attacking player (or players) making a run to get open.  Frequently this would mean checking away and then checking back to the ball.

The server plays the ball in and the game is live.

The player with the ball can turn with it and take his player on.

Or he can lay the ball back to his teammate who would have to make himself available

Or he can hold the ball while working on his options

Once the ball is played in, this becomes a regular 2 v 2 game.  Once the attack is over (ball goes out of play, defense wins the ball, goal is scored etc) the players reset and start again.

The key to this game is attacking players frequently receive the ball with their back to the goal and if they don’t prepare for these situations in training, they wont be ready in games.

Have a great day!


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