Fun Small-Sided Soccer Games For Youth Soccer

Small Sided Soccer Games

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.

Soccer Passing Drill

North South East West

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…
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Triangle Gate Soccer Drill

Triangle Gate Game

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…
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Soccer Transition Drill

3 Team Rotation To Goal

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…
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Passing Drill

Goals Goals Goals | 4v4 Game

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.
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Soccer Passing Drill

3 Team Possession

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.
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Small Sided Soccer Game

The Four Goal Game | Small Sided Game

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.
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