Playing in 5 Corridors using the 1-3-3-1-1

Playing in 5 Corridors using the 1-3-3-1-1

The beauty of the corridor and zones idea is it can be used for ANY system of play you want to develop so one or two systems shown here can show you how to use it effectively. Using Corridors is a great way to work out individual and collective field positioning as a team both offensively and defensively and it also gives players real a “focal point” to work off. 

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Passing and Support Possession Game

Passing and Support Possession Game

 This drill is designed to encourage players to spread out when they attack and switch play; changing direction if one route is blocked. Looking for quick transition and movement off the ball to create space but attacking the space when it is on to do so. The first thought of the player on the ball should still be “Can I run or pass the ball forward”.

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4 v 4 Transition Game

4 v 4 Transition Game

Two teams play 4 v 4 on the small field, while the third team waits on the outside. A large goal is set up on one end line, and two smaller goals are set up on the other end line. When a goal is scored, the attacking team keeps possession and attacks in the opposite direction. The defending team leaves the field when a goal is scored, and the third team comes onto the field.

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A 6 v 4 Possession, Passing and Dribbling Game

A 6 v 4 Possession, Passing and Dribbling Game

It is a 6 v 4 overload game. 6 attack and 4 defend the square. No one is allowed inside the square except an attacking player on the team of 6 dribbling the ball and in possession. Attacking team keep possession and score by a player dribbling the ball into the square. Try to get a player free to dribble.

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A 3 v 3 Festival of Fun: Creating a Game Like Playing Environment

A 3 v 3 Festival of Fun: Creating a Game Like Playing Environment

Encouraging competitiveness in players in a small sided game environment and developing the best features of youth soccer as it used to be played in the parks, streets and back alleyways around the world, into the more formalized structure of the modern club soccer training program. It is about the technical and skills development of the younger player. Here's what you need to know and how to get started.

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5 v 5 Plus Two Group Attacking Game

5 v 5 Plus Two Group Attacking Game

To score, the attacking team must dribble the ball across their opponent’s end line. They can use the two neutral attackers playing inside the central grid to relieve pressure, but the neutrals are limited to one or two touches. After scoring, the attacking team reverses field and tries to score in the other direction. Games are played to three points, and on balls put out of touch, the Feeder re-starts play.

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2 v 1 Overlap to Goal

2 v 1 Overlap to Goal

The Feeder begins play with a pass out to Player A (or B), and the defender releases with the Feeder’s first touch. Player A plays a square ball to Player B, and runs an overlap around him. From there, play continues 2 v 1 to goal. If the defender wins the ball, he can score in the two small goals set up just outside of the penalty area. Upon completion, The Feeder re-starts play with the next set of players.

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3 v 2 Small-Sided Group Defending Game

3 v 2 Small-Sided Group Defending Game

There are twelve players set up on a split field, playing 3 v 2 with players starting from the sideline. During the game, the attacking team starts in the defending half, and the defenders may not cross over the midfield line. Play continues 3 v 2 to completion from there. On a goal or a turnover, the ball is played to the goalkeeper and the direction of play reverses.

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Five Goal Game

Five Goal Game

There are fourteen players set up on a large field, playing 7 v 7 with three goalkeepers. During play, the teams try to score in the three triangle goals and the two small goals placed around the field. Goalkeepers are stationed inside of the triangle goals. Goals can be scored in any direction and players can score consecutive goals at the same goal.

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Small-Sided 4 v 4 Attacking Game

Small-Sided 4 v 4 Attacking Game

One way to teach the basic tactical game of the 4 v 4 is to offer many different ideas on actual game situation that focus on certain themes. This is what the following presentations do. You cannot do better than put players into game situations to learn the game, we just take it one stage further by what we present here. We continue by teaching Attacking principles in a 4 v 4 game situation so several thoughts on different set ups to teach it individually and collectively as team players. The set ups of the game situation will dictate what theme we get out of it.

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Shooting Games for Strikers and Goalkeepers

Shooting Games for Strikers and Goalkeepers

This is a 2 zone game (stay within your own half) played on a 36 x 44 yd field. The 3 with the ball can play into their teammate on the attacking half or look to shoot from distance. Evolve to allowing one attacking player from the defensive zone to go forward. Lots of saving and diving required.

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Developing Team Play and Individual “Themes” Through a 6 v 6 Small-Sided Game

Developing Team Play and Individual “Themes” Through a 6 v 6 Small-Sided Game

The basic shape is a double triangle, a positional theme where players are encouraged to interchange then return to a basic shape when the time is right. You could use a 2 – 2 – 1 formation also to allow a 2 v 1 overload at the defensive end.

The coach needs to focus on the principles established with the Awareness program and get the players to apply them in the Small-Sided Games concept. 

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