Small Sided Games and Activities

Small sided soccer games have been found to be massively beneficial for youth soccer coaches to implement into their practice curriculums for multiple reasons. The main benefits are that players get more touches on the ball, which keeps everyone involved and helps practice creative decision making.

What exactly are small-sided games? They are games that are set up in a much smaller space and have less players than a normal soccer game. The smaller setup allows everyone to be part of the game and coaches can guide players to learn particular skills or concepts through the game rules. Below we have a wide variety of 135+ small sided games that work on different fundamental skills and concepts. Youth soccer coaches should aim to use specific soccer drills that compliment the small sided games they use in practice. Watch your players instantly become more engaged at practice when these games are implemented! 

Benefits of small sided soccer games include:

  • They are FUN!
  • Players get more touches on the ball compared to regular games.
  • More players are involved in the outcome of the game. 
  • Players learn to make quicker decisions because the games are played in a smaller area.
  • The games encourage creativity.
  • The games can teach a variety of skills, concepts and tactics.
  • Games naturally bring out the competitive spirit in players. 
3 v 2, Both Ways
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Penalty Area Rondo
Attacking Drills | Finishing Drills | Passing Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
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Tempo 2 vs 2 to Goal
2 vs 2 Drills | Attacking Drills | Defending Drills | Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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1 vs 1 to 4 Goal & 4 Gates Game
1 vs 1 Drills | Defending Drills | Dribbling Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games
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Double Goals
Attacking Drills | Dribbling Drills | Offensive Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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Get in the Zone!
1 vs 1 Drills | Dribbling Drills | Shooting Drills | Small Sided Games
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Multi Team Endzone Soccer
Dribbling Drills | Offensive Drills | Passing Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
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2 vs. 2 Defending the Shot
2 vs 2 Drills | Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games
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Wall Pass FTW
Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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5 v 2 Keep Away
Defending Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
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1 vs 1 Turn and Shoot
1 vs 1 Drills | Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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4 v 4 Plus One to 6 Goals
Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
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Gatekeepers - Soccer Dribbling Activity
Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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4 v 4 to 6 Goals
Small Sided Games
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Dribbling Endzones
Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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3 vs. 3 Own Half Shooting
Goalkeeping Drills | Shooting Drills | Small Sided Games
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1 vs. 1 Wall Game
1 vs 1 Drills | 2 vs 1 Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
Combinations into 1 v 1
1 vs 1 Drills | Combination Play | Small Sided Games
4 v 4 Plus Four Game
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4 v 2 Into 2 v 1 Game
2 vs 1 Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
1 v 1 into 4 v 1, One Touch
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2 v 2 Finishing Game
Small Sided Games
2 v 2 Plus One Game
Small Sided Games
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4 vs. 4 to 4 Goals
Goalkeeping Drills | Offensive Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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2 vs. 2 Tournament
Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Play | Small Sided Games
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3 vs. 1 Rondo
Offensive Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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Three Goal Counter
Defending Drills | Passing Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
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Rapid Defending
Attacking Drills | Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
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Go At Them!
1 vs 1 Drills | Defending Drills | Dribbling Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games
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Endzone Combinations To Goal
Attacking Drills | Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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One Goal + Endzone
Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games
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Numbers Up and Down
Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games | Transition
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1 vs. 1 Defending the Shot
1 vs 1 Drills | Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games
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1 vs. 1 Transition
1 vs 1 Drills | Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games
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Bumper Soccer
Small Sided Games
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Shadow Defending
1 vs 1 Drills | Defending Drills | Dribbling Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games
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2 v 2 Plus Two
2 vs 2 Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games | Turning / Shielding
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Curved Zones
Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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Direct 2 vs. 1's
2 vs 1 Drills | Attacking Drills | Combination Play | Small Sided Games
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Goal to Goal - Soccer Drill for Goalies
Goalkeeping Drills | Small Sided Games
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4 Goal Game
Goalkeeping Drills | Small Sided Games | Possession Drills
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3 on 1 Passing
1 vs 1 Drills | Attacking Drills | Defending Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games | Turning / Shielding
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15 x 10 yd  1 vs. 1's to Goal
Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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5 vs. 3 Rescue Mission
Possession Drills | Small Sided Games | Transition
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Fill the Bucket
Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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Direct 2 v 2's
Attacking Drills | Defending Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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2 v 2 v 2 Split Passing
Defending Drills | First Touch | Passing Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games | Through Passing
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Empty the Bucket
Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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Four Goals
Small Sided Games | Dribbling Drills
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3 vs. 1 Speed Passing Soccer Drill
Passing Drills | Small Sided Games | Possession Drills
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Crocs in the River - U6 Soccer Activity
Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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Musical Soccer Balls
Small Sided Games | Agility Drills | Stations
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Goals Goals Goals
Dribbling Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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3 vs. 3 Quick Attack Game
1 vs 1 Drills | Attacking Drills | Defending Drills | Small Sided Games | Transition
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Hospital Tag - U6 Soccer Activity
Agility Drills | Small Sided Games | Dribbling Drills
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Controlled Craziness
Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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All For One - Warm Up Dribbling Game
Warm Up Drills | Small Sided Games | Dribbling Drills
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Handball - Goalie Drill
Goalkeeping Drills | Small Sided Games
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Monster in the Middle!
Dribbling Drills | Passing Drills | Possession Drills | Shooting Drills | Small Sided Games
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Team Tag
Dribbling Drills | Agility Drills | Small Sided Games