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. 
High Tempo 2 vs 2 Soccer Game

Tempo 2 vs 2 to Goal

Dribbling Drills | Attacking Drills | Defending Drills | 2 vs 2 Drills | Small Sided Games
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4 vs. 4 to Six Goals - Small Sided Soccer Game

4 vs. 4 to Six Goals

Attacking Drills | Offensive Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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Wall Passes FTW! Soccer Activity

Wall Pass FTW!

Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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Penalty Area Rondo

Attacking Drills | Finishing Drills | Passing Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
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Colored Gates in Pairs - U10 Soccer Dribbling Drill

Colored Gates in Pairs

Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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Multi Team Endzone Soccer Activity

Multi Team Endzone Soccer

Dribbling Drills | Passing Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games | Offensive Drills
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2 v 2 Finishing Game

Small Sided Games
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3 v 2, Both Ways

Small Sided Games
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Gatekeepers - Soccer Dribbling Activity

Gatekeepers - Soccer Dribbling Activity

Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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Get in the Zone! Soccer Dribbling Activity

Get in the Zone!

Dribbling Drills | 1 vs 1 Drills | Shooting Drills | Small Sided Games
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Dribbling Endzones - Small Sided Soccer Game

Dribbling Endzones

Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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4 vs. 4 to Six Goals Plus 1 - Soccer Drill for Building out of the back

4 vs. 4 to Six Goals Plus 1

Attacking Drills | Passing Drills | Possession 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
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2 vs. 2 Defending the Shot

2 vs. 2 Defending the Shot

Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games | 2 vs 2 Drills
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1 vs 1 Turn and Shoot Soccer Drill

1 vs 1 Turn and Shoot

1 vs 1 Drills | Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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5 vs 2 Keep Away - U14 Small Sided Soccer Game

5 vs 2 Keep Away

Passing Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games | Warm Up Drills
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Double Goals Soccer Activity

Double Goals

Passing Drills | Dribbling Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games | Attacking Drills
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3 vs. 3 Own Half Shooting Soccer Drill

3 vs. 3 Own Half Shooting

Small Sided Games | Shooting Drills | Goalkeeping Drills
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1v1 to 4 Goal & 4 Gates Soccer Game

1 vs 1 to 4 Goal & 4 Gates Game

Dribbling Drills | 1 vs 1 Drills | Offensive Drills | Defending Drills | Small Sided Games
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15 x 10 yd 1 vs. 1 - Small Sided Dribbling Game

15 x 10 yd 1 vs. 1's to Goal

Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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5 vs. 3 Rescue Mission

5 vs. 3 Rescue Mission

Passing Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
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Bumper Soccer Passing Activity

Bumper Soccer

Goalkeeping Drills | Offensive Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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3 Goal Counter Soccer Game

3 Goal Counter

Defending Drills | Small Sided Games | Possession Drills | Passing Drills
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Fill the Bucket - Soccer Relay Race for Young Players

Fill the Bucket

Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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2 v 2 v 2 Split Passing Drill

2 v 2 v 2 Split Passing Drill

Passing Drills | Small Sided Games | Possession Drills
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2v2 + 2 Soccer Activity

2 vs. 2 Plus 2

Dribbling Drills | Passing Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
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Shadow Defending Soccer Exercise

Shadow Defending

Defending Drills | 1 vs 1 Drills | Dribbling Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games
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Empty the Bucket - Soccer Relay Race for Kids

Empty the Bucket

Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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Direct 2 vs. 2's - Soccer Offensive Drill

Direct 2 vs. 2's

Attacking Drills | Defending Drills | Small Sided Games | Passing Drills
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Rapid Defending Soccer Activity

Rapid Defending

Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Possession Drills | Attacking Drills | Small Sided Games
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Four Goals - small area soccer game for kids

Four Goals

Small Sided Games | Dribbling Drills
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3 vs. 1 Speed Passing Soccer Drill

3 vs. 1 Speed Passing Soccer Drill

Passing Drills | Small Sided Games | Possession Drills
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4 v 4 Plus Four Game

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Crocs in the River - U6 Soccer Dribbling Activity

Crocs in the River - U6 Soccer Activity

Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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Numbers Up and Down Soccer Game

Numbers Up and Down

Transition | Offensive Drills | Defending Drills | Small Sided Games
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Musical Soccer Balls - A fun soccer drill for young kids

Musical Soccer Balls

Small Sided Games | Agility Drills | Stations
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Goals Goals Goals - Dribbling and Passing Soccer Game for U10

Goals Goals Goals

Dribbling Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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1 vs. 1 Transition Game

1 vs. 1 Transition

1 vs 1 Drills | Offensive Drills | Defending Drills | Small Sided Games
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3 vs. 1 Rondo Soccer Activity

3 vs. 1 Rondo

Passing Drills | Small Sided Games | Offensive Drills
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3 vs. 3 Quick Attack Game

Attacking Drills | Goalkeeping Drills | Passing Drills | Shooting Drills | Small Sided Games
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Controlled Craziness - U8 soccer dribbling drill

Controlled Craziness

Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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Hospital Tag - U6 Soccer Activity

Hospital Tag - U6 Soccer Activity

Agility Drills | Small Sided Games | Dribbling Drills
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Go At Them 1 vs. 1 Soccer Activity

Go At Them!

1 vs 1 Drills | Dribbling Drills | Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games
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4 vs. 4 to 4 Goals Soccer Game

4 vs. 4 to 4 Goals

Passing Drills | Small Sided Games | Offensive Drills | Goalkeeping Drills
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One goal + Endzone Soccer Game

One Goal + Endzone

Offensive Drills | Defending Drills | Small Sided Games
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Curved Zones Soccer Activity for U14

Curved Zones

Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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1 vs. 1 Defending the Shot

1 vs. 1 Defending the Shot

1 vs 1 Drills | Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games
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2 vs. 2 Soccer Tournament

2 vs. 2 Tournament

Small Sided Games | Offensive Drills | Defending Drills | Play
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Goal to Goal - Soccer Drill for Goalies

Goal to Goal - Soccer Drill for Goalies

Goalkeeping Drills | Small Sided Games
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Direct 2 vs. 1's - Soccer 2 on 1 Drill for U12

Direct 2 vs. 1's

2 vs 1 Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games | Attacking Drills
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Endzone Combinations To Goal

Endzone Combinations To Goal

Passing Drills | Offensive Drills | Defending Drills | Attacking Drills | Small Sided Games
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4 Goal Game - Game for Soccer Goalies

4 Goal Game

Goalkeeping Drills | Small Sided Games | Possession Drills
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4 v 2 Into 2 v 1 Game

2 vs 1 Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
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4 v 4 Intercept

4 v 4 Intercept

Passing Drills | Small Sided Games | Possession Drills
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Box to Box Soccer Shooting Activity

Box to Box Shooting

Shooting Drills | Offensive Drills | Small Sided Games | Attacking Drills
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Star Destroyers Dribbling Activity

Star Destroyers

Dribbling Drills | Small Sided Games
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Transition Defending Soccer Activity

Transition Defending

Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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Defending in Zones Soccer Activity

Defending In Zones

Defending Drills | Offensive Drills | Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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1 vs. 1 Zone Activity

1 vs. 1 Zone

Attacking Drills | Passing Drills | Offensive Drills | Possession Drills | Small Sided Games
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3 Zone 6 vs. 3 Keep Away game

3 Zone 6 vs. 3 Keep Away game

Passing Drills | Small Sided Games
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