There are many great benefits of playing small-sided soccer games at practice. Due to the fact that there are only a few players on each team, small-sided games allow players to get more touches of the ball which gives them more opportunity to develop their individual skills and their skills of working as a team. Small-sided games also guarantee more participation which makes for a more fun and enjoyable experience for the players.
Below, you’ll find many fun small-sided soccer games that you can play while coaching youth soccer. All these games are suitable for kids and teenagers, but can easily be adapted and used with older players. First, let’s take a look at what exactly small-sided games are.
What Are Small Sided Soccer Games?
Small-sided soccer games are practice games with few players on each team. They take place in a smaller area compared to a normal soccer game. The small space and few players enable coaches to focus on particular skills while giving all players ample opportunity to participate.
Fun Small Sided Soccer Games For Youth Soccer
Here are all our small-sided soccer drills that you can use in your coaching sessions. You can download a printable PDF of these drills and take them to practice, and as always, these are completely FREE.
In this exciting and competitive small-sided game, players work on their speed of play, creating and scoring goals and making quick offensive and defensive transitions. 4v4 +4 Transition Drill Set Up The Drill Set up a 30 x 40-yard grid…
In this exciting and competitive overload game, players get multiple attacks on goal and try to score as many goals as possible. 3v2 Attack – Overload Game Set Up The Drill Set up a 50×40 yard grid using small cones….
In this small-sided game, players are rewarded additional points when they successfully switch the play before scoring a goal! Passing Drill – 3 Zone Switching The Play Set Up The Drill Set up a 40×50 yard field using small cones….
In this fun and competitive passing drill, teams work in different directions within the same grid, scoring points by maintaining possession and playing it from one target player to another. Passing Drill – North South East West Set Up The…
This simple but competitive small-sided game is a great warm-up for any passing and possession session and can be enjoyed by players of all ages from 9 years and up. Triangle Gate Drill Set Up The Drill Mark off a 30…
In this fast and exciting transition game, teams take turns attacking and defending a large goal. This activity has all the elements of a regular soccer game and can be used for players of all abilities aged 9-18. Related: Transition…
This small-sided game is great for use in training sessions focusing on possession, transitioning, and passing. Players will compete in two teams and must quickly transition from attacking to defending and vice versa throughout the drill. This activity can also…
This soccer drill is one of Pep Guardiola’s favorite rondo drills. It’s a great passing and possession game and one that players love!
This Drill is a fun 2v2 soccer drill that can be used as a warm-up activity to practice combination play.
Based on the all-time classic board game this shooting warm-up activity is always a hit with players as they fine-tune their shooting technique whilst destroying each other’s battleships!
This unique small-sided shooting game is competitive and provides plenty of shooting opportunities for your players whilst improving their decision-making skills, passing and receiving, and even switching the play.
In this fast and exciting small-sided game, players get to choose which ball they use to re-enter the field, catch their opponents unaware, and score, score, score!
In this fun 4v4 shooting game players get the opportunity to pass and receive, switch the play, play in goal and most importantly of all; shoot! By increasing the number of goals available for players to shoot at the coach gives more repetition and more chances of success for all their players.
This passing drill is a highly competitive possession game in which players get to work on their passing and receiving skills, speed of play, decision making, team shape, and movement off the ball.
In this exciting small-sided game, players get to practice their turning and shooting skills. They will also learn to spread out, keep their head up, and pass the ball to their open teammates whilst scoring goals galore!
In this small-sided game drill, players will compete in small teams to score in one of four goals. Players will be encouraged to move into space and remain visible and open to support their teammates, and to focus on their team’s shape to create positive angles of support. This small-sided game is great for kids and teenagers, but can also be easily adapted for use with older players.