Small Sided games for U11 to U14

Field size: 20x15, 25x20, 30x20
Objective: Player Development: beat a defender(s), achieve penetration, score, etc.
Attack-1v1, 1v2, 2v3, 3v4, etc

1v1

  • Shielding (if necessary)
  • Individual possession
  • Decision-making
  • Turning right-left
  • Higher confidence
  • Fitness
  • Competitiveness increases
  • More individual productivity
  • Player development
  • Mental toughness increases

1v2

  • More awareness
  • Moving faster
  • Thinking faster
  • Changing speed
  • Changing directions
  • Learn to play numbers-down
  • Employ fitness
  • Score

2v3

  • Combination plays: Wall passes, overlapping runs, takeover, double pass
  • Extra effort
  • Sacrificing
  • Penetrating runs
  • Penetrating passes
  • Support: Angles, distance, timing
  • Learn to play numbers-down
  • Tactics employed
  • Communication
  • Score

3v4

  • Combination plays: Wall passes, overlapping runs, takeover, double pass
  • More mobility
  • Timing of runs
  • Penetrating runs
  • Penetrating passes
  • Develops competitive minds
  • Decision making
  • Introduces fitness
  • Score

Defending: 1V1, 2V1, 2v2, 3v2, 4v3, etc.
Main objective: To win the ball, to avoid penetration, to avoid scoring

1v1

  • Defending stance
  • Upper body slightly inclined forward
  • Moving feet quickly
  • Try not to be flat-footed
  • Body sideways (one leg in front of the other)
  • Use arms to balance
  • Eyes on the ball at all times
  • Keep attacker in front of you
  • Do not let attacker turn
  • Prevent attacker from penetrating
  • Extend leg to steal ball
  • Use shoulders, and arms to push attacker away from the ball
  • Slide tackle if necessary (last resource)
  • Win possession

2v1

  • Defender 1 will approach ball first
  • Defender 1 will call out “I got ball”
  • Defender 1 will pressure ball
  • Defender 1 will try to steal ball quickly
  • Defender 2 will provide coverage
  • According to distance, angle and timing
  • Defender 2 will communicate constantly with defender 1
  • Defender 2 will let defender 1 decide what direction to shepherd attacker
  • Win possession

2v2

  • Defenders should avoid being flat-footed
  • Defenders should avoid penetration, either individually or with combination plays
  • Defenders must be verbally aggressive
  • Defender 1 will pressure ball
  • Defender 1 should avoid attacker one to penetrate individually, to pass the ball or to shoot
  • Defender 1 should shepherd attacker one to the least dangerous area
  • Defender 2 should avoid through passes
  • Defender 2 should stay close to attacker 2 and move with him at all times
  • Defender 2 should communicate constantly with defender 1
  • Defender 2 should be ready to become defender 1 according to need of play
  • Win possession

3v2

  • Defender 1 and 2 must mark man-to-man
  • Defender 3 must provide balance
  • Defender 3 must communicate constantly with defender 1 and 2
  • Defender 3 should be ready to become defender 1 or 2
  • Win possession

4v3

  • Defenders 1 and 2 should mark man-to-man, mixed and zonal
  • Defender 3 must provide balance
  • Defender 1, 2 and 3 must be ready to change roles at all times
  • Defenders 1, 2 and 3 should be ready to react aggressively to win ball
  • Win possession