11v8, Shadow Play

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Set Up:

The players are set up on a full field, playing 11v8 with goalkeepers. During the game, the defenders play in a 4-3-1 and are not allowed to tackle the ball. Instead, they shadow the attackers and can only win the ball by intercepting passes or blocking shots.  When a goal is scored or a ball is put out of play, it is re-started by the Feeder. Players switch to new teams after ten minutes.

Coaching Points:

1.   Play one and two touch soccer, moving the ball faster than the defenders can recover.

2.   Anticipate changes of possession and attack with superior numbers.

3.   Maintain possession until a good opportunity to attack materializes. Don’t force it.



1.   Play 7v7 plus three.

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