Practice Session for Small Number of Players

Practice Session for Small Number of Players (6 or 7) 1hr 30min
Quote of the Session: “Football is simple but the hardest thing to do is play simple football.” “Johan Cruyff – was a Dutch professional football player and coach
Warm Up/Agility 10 mins
Small Sided Game 15 mins
3 v 3 to 2 Pugg nets
Technical/Tactical 50 mins
Overlapping with 3 Players
This drill initially works on combination play, finishing, and goalkeeping and ends in an interesting game.
Set up a field that goes from one sideline to the other and from the end line to the mid line. Make a goal using either cones or corner flags in the middle of the field. Have three X’s on one side of the field and three O’s on the other. See the diagram below to get a better understanding.

It can also be played to one normal goal with goalkeeper.

A keeper should be in the goal. He plays the ball out to the middle O1 who then plays a one touch pass to O2 and overlaps around O2. O2 plays a one touch ball to 03 and then O3 finds the overlapping O1 who can either shoot on goal or cross the ball to O2 and O3 who are making near post far post runs. If the keeper saves the ball, he turns and throws the ball to X1 who then starts the same routine on the opposite side of the field. If the shot is missed high or wide, then the X’s have to work the ball to X1 to start this rotation. After the O’s have done this once, O1 rotates to O2, O2, rotates to O3, and O3 goes to O1. In case of poorly executed shots or passes, there should be some spare balls on the sides to keep everyone moving.
Done properly, this can be quite a fast moving drill that works on passing, overlaps, crossing, finishing, and goalkeeping with some conditioning thrown in for fun. The two sides can also compete to see who can score more goals in a certain time period.
Small Sided Game 30 mins
  • Two teams with goalkeepers.
  • Playing field of 40x20m
  • One goal at each end
Regular play with minimal coach intervention.

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