Soccer SSG Tournament Training Drill

SSG Tournament

Soccer games smaller than 11 vs 11 provide many critical aspects. It makes it difficult for players to “hide” in SSG as all players must attack and defend in order to support their team.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 4 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • 4 mini-goals
  • pinnies
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • play 2v2 or 3v3
  • play tournament
  • each team plays each other twice
  • each team defends and attacks one mini goal
  • no throw-ins, corner kicks or offside
  • when ball is out of bounce the ball is dribbled back in


  • teams can score from inside the attacking half only
  • teams can also score by dribbling across opponent’s goal line
  • minimum of two (three) touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • verbal and visual communication
  • change of direction and speed
  • setting up defender
  • vision
  • decision making
  • quikc finish
  • quick transition

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