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Small-sided Game - 5 vs 5, wide playing

Small-sided Game - 5 vs 5, wide playing

 
Goal
Equipment
  • Enough markers to outline the field
  • 5 vests
  • 2 goals
  • Sufficient balls to ensure continuity
Preparation
  • Playing area: 30x40 meters
  • Players: 10 + 2 goalkeepers
  • Duration: 12 minutes
  • Series: 2 series of 5 minutes interspersed with 2 minutes of passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Exercise to practise possession, wide play, the defensive phase and shooting
Pass, Shooting, Goal defense, Ball possession
Organization
Create a 30x40 area in the fixed zone. Using the markers form 2 small goals (2meters) and place them on the left and the right along the halfway line (as shown in the figure). Place a regulatory goal at the center on both of the short sides of the field. Split the players into two teams using the vests. The two goalkeepers stay in the goals.  
Description
  • The exercise consists of a classical game 5 vs 5 on the playing area
  • The objective of the team that carries the ball, is to make a pass through one of the two small goals and then shoot at goal
  • The pass through the small goal is valid only if performed towards the opponent half and if received by a teammate
  • Only after passing through the small goals the team is allowed to shoot on goal
  • If the defending team wins back the ball inside its own half  they attempt to keep possession and are obligated to pass through a small goal before shooting
  • If the defending team wins back the ball inside the opponent half it is allowed to shoot without passing through the small goal.
  • At the end of the series the team that scores the most, wins.

 

 

Rules
  • The team gets one point for each goal (in the regulatory goal)
  • Unlimited touches allowed
  • Keep the ball close to the ground
  • Force to pass from their own half towards the opponent's one
Variations
  1. Add a nuetral player who plays with the team in possession
  2. Restrict the number of allowed touches (maximum 3)
  3. Enlarge the field size creating more space for small goal passing attempts
Coaching Points
  • Work on the concept of  playing in a closed way and then make a cross-field pass
  • Encourage the players to perform intense possession not allowing the defenders to close the passing lanes
  • The exercise is useful to train the players in losing their marker and take up positions to receive a pass
  • Encourage the defending team to anticipate the opponent closing down the possible passing lanes

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