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Small-sided Game: 4 against 4 - Dribbling and target in the small squares

Small-sided Game: 4 against 4 - Dribbling and target in the small squares

 
Goal
Equipment
  • 16 markers of different colors
  • 4 cones
  • Balls
  • 4 vests
Preparation
  • Playing area: 16x16 meters
  • Playerss: 8
  • Duration: 16 minutes
  • Series: 2 of 6 minutes with a 2 minute pause of passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Train dribbling and pass with a fun and stimulating exercise for younger players
Pass, Dribbling, Dribbling with feints, Dribbling to prevent the opponent, Losing your marker, Marking, Intercepting, Tackling, Mobility
Organization
In the middle of each of the sides of the playing area make small squares of 2 meters using the markers. Two small squares made with blue markers and another two made with red markers (See picture).
Inside the square divide the team into two groups of 4 players (In the picture 4 players wear red vest and another 4 white ones).
Description
  • The exercise starts when the coach throws the ball inside the area
  • The team that gets the ball starts playing a ball possession, at a high pace, against the rival team, in other words they develop a 4 against 4 situation
  • Each team defends the small squares corresponding to the color of their vests
  • The main goal of the exercise for both teams is to get the ball inside one of the squares right after beating the player and overcoming him (See picture)

 

Rules
  • The team that scores starts the game again possessing the ball
  • If the ball gets out of the playing area, the coach throws another one in in order to keep playing
  • The winner will be the team that scores the most points out of the two series
Variations
  1. Add a jolly in order to create situations of numerical superiority in favor of the team that has the ball
  2. Add a bonus element: The coach identifies a player that if within a certain time gets to score then their team scores 3 points
  3. Change the playing area based on the age and on players' skills
Coaching Points
  • Encourage players to seek for more and different varieties of feints and tricks
  • Explain to players how important it is to play a ball possession at a high pace and encourage them to be constantly moving in order to liberate passing lanes
  • Useful exercise to increase aerobic resistance during the match

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