Soccer Small Sided Tournament Training Drill

Small Sided Tournament

Small-Sided Games!? These are football games with fewer players competing on a smaller sized field focusing on combination play, improving the players’ vision, reaction ability and cooperation.

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Basic Information

Age Group:(5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 12+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 20-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 4 teams
  • 4 mini goals
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 grids
  • pinnies


  • tournament style
  • teams start playing 1v1
  • every 45 seconds or if the ball goes out of bounce each team gets an additional player (2v2), (3v3), (4v4)


  • only the team that is scored on gets an additional player
  • teams start playing 2v2
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication


  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • deny turn
  • timing and decision to tackle

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