Small sided 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)
  • You may have resting players, use them as bouncers or have two fields playing at the same time

Timings: 20-40 minutes
Pitch area: Rectangle
Other rules: Offside rule applis


  • Make the field bigger or smaller
  • Goals worth more if scored/created via the core actions being focused on in the session

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