Mark out 3 gates and split the group of 9 into 3 teams wearing different coloured bibs. Nominate 1 team to protect the gates by standing one player in each of them. The aim is for the other two teams to run through the gates without being tagged.

Coaching Points:

Awareness: With lots of bodies around in a tight area especially near the gates, players must know what is around them and identify any spaces that can be exploited. Quick decision making is needed to capitalise on opportunities or decide it’s not safe to pass through and try another gate.

Speed: If possible players need to move through the gates quickly before being tagged. If they identify a space and they can get through the gate it should be done quickly with sharp acceleration.

Agility: Players will need to use feints to throw the taggers and check away in a different direction or for a team mate to use the space. Players should practise moves like dropping the shoulder or double movements.

Ball Control: When the balls are introduced, players need to keep the ball close and under control with lots of bodies being around. Keep the eyes up and look to identify opportunities to drive through the gate.


  • Add in a ball for each player to try and dribble through the gates.



Setup an area with two goals at either end with a goalkeeper in each goal. Organise two teams that are set up beside a cone on either side of the pitch along the half way line. One attacker has to bring the ball into play and try to score, as soon as they finish, they defend against the opposition player who then brings in the ball. Players should be ready to attack either goal based on when it is their turn to do so. If the defender wins the ball, they should look to try and score in the opposite goal.

Coaching Points:

1 v 1 Attacking: In this game, attackers should look to attack the space with speed. If they’re faced up with the defender, they should look to use changes of direction or body feints to help them to beat their opponent to create space to finish.

Travelling with the Ball: Encourage attackers to travel with the ball whilst keeping the ball on the safe side from their opponents. Players should be encouraged to attack with speed, adjusting how big their touches as they look to move into space with the ball.

Defending: Encourage players to recover quickly and protect the ball when defending. Players should look to try and get inline with the goal when defending and force the attackers away from the goal. If they win the ball, they should look to attack quickly themselves.

Finishing: As attackers are coming in from wide areas, they should look to either finish across goal where possible. Players should look to use a variety of finishing based on the situation as well as being encouraged to use both feet.


  • Play the game as a 2 v 1 rather than a 1 v 1 which will allow players to also combine as well as travel with the ball throughout the game.


  • Play in one direction to one goal rather than playing with two goals.




Setup a small sided game with four goals and four teams. There are two teams playing against each other with one pair of teams playing east to west and the other playing south to north. The game runs with both games being played with a football between two trying to score and defend the relevant goals.

Coaching Points:  

Moving & Manipulation: Players will need to find ways of moving and manipulating the defender to allow them to get success in this game. Players should look to keep the ball close to their body to help them protect the ball and evade the defender. Players will also need to be able to manipulate the ball away from the other team if they move into the space.

Hiding & Carrying the Ball: Encourage players to manipulate the ball on both sides to help them ‘hide’ the ball win manipulating it. Players that are able to shield and keep the ball on the furthest foot from the defender will be able to prevent the defender from winning the ball. When carrying the ball, players should look to keep the ball close to them unless they have space in front of them and they can move into the space with bigger touches.

1v1s: Players should be encouraged to be creative in their 1v1s when attacking but also making sure they work hard in their 1v1s when defending too. As the game is 2v2, players may look to use their team mates to support with how they use their 1v1 skills but also with how they can defend as a team.

Ball Striking: As the game begins without any goalkeepers, encourage players to try different ways of striking the ball to score but also to find their team mates as well.


  • Increase the number of players that are playing in each of the teams and/or add goalkeepers as well.


  • Mark out the pitch so that there are channels that teams have to play in if they are going horizontally or laterally so there is a clearer playing area.