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
Small Sided Games
Bobby Burling playing for Colorado Rapids
First Touch Skills Series
First Touch, Passing Drills, Warm Up Drills
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
POWERBALL
1 vs 1 Drills, Dribbling, Small Sided Games, Turning / Shielding
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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
2 v 2 to Targets
2 vs 2 Drills, Small Sided Games
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Double Goals
Attacking Drills, Dribbling Drills, Offensive Drills, Passing Drills, Small Sided Games
1 v 1 + 1 with Neutrals
2 vs 1 Drills, Possession Drills, Small Sided Games
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Get in the Zone!
1 vs 1 Drills, Dribbling Drills, Shooting Drills, Small Sided Games
Brazil - Communication and Awareness
Possession Drills, Small Sided Games
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Multi Team Endzone Soccer
Dribbling Drills, Offensive Drills, Passing Drills, Possession Drills, Small Sided Games
5 v 2 Plus One Rondo
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
Penalty Box Game
Attacking Drills, Crossing Drills, Finishing Drills, Possession Drills, Small Sided Games
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Wall Pass FTW
Defending Drills, Offensive Drills, Passing Drills, Small Sided Games
Passing, First Touch & Movement
First Touch, Passing Drills, Turning Drills
10 v 4, Central Wide Grid
Large Sided Games, Possession Drills
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Quick Finishing
Attacking Drills, Finishing Drills, Goalkeeping Drills, Passing Drills, Shooting Drills
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Two Finishes
Finishing Drills, First Touch
Pass and Move Gates
First Touch, Passing Drills, Possession Drills
Bobby Burling playing for Colorado Rapids
First Touch: Inside Trap and Outside Play
First Touch, Passing Drills
Bobby Burling playing for Colorado Rapids
First Touch: Outside Trap and Play
First Touch, Passing Drills
Bobby Burling playing for Colorado Rapids
First Touch: Receiving Ball with Outside of Foot
Dribbling Drills, First Touch, Passing Drills
Bobby Burling playing for Colorado Rapids
Turning Exercise: The Cruyff
Dribbling Drills
Bobby Burling playing for Colorado Rapids
Turning Exercise: The Chop
Dribbling Drills
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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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Colored Gates in Pairs
Double Passing, First Touch, Passing Drills
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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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Hexa Possession Passing Drill
Passing Drills, Possession Drills, Warm Up Drills