Medium sized game

Start & organisation

  • Even numbered teams with two medium sized goals (approximately 5v5 or 7v7 size goals). If you do not have goals you can use poles or markers.
  • Play with normal rules (throw-ins, offsides)
  • If more than 14 players, you may make 2 fields of 4v4 or 5v5

Timings: 30-45 minutes
Pitch size: Medium field
Number of players: 4-20
Other rules: Offside rule applies


  • Restrict players to 2 touch minimum and maximum to encourage repetition of the first touch
  • Make the space bigger or smaller

What to look for

  • Are the players moving the ball away from defenders?
  • Are players using the inside of their foot as the dominant habit?
  • Are players keeping the ball when they are pressured by a defender?

What the coach can do

  • Verbally encourage and remind players of core actions on the run
  • Reward teams with bonus points if they successfully keep the ball with a good first touch