SOCCER PRACTICE GAMES
"2 Team Keep Away" * * * *
(U-8 & up)
Comment: This game is much more fun than regular keep away or "Monkey in the Middle", set-up is easy, there is constant movement & many touches. My team loves this game. Teaches:
- This is a great game that is a lot of fun. It teaches teamwork, passing, support, movement off the ball, defensive pressure, quick transitions from offense to defense, and is a good way to teach wall passes, "channeling" attackers to the side line, & talking.
- Use cones to outline a field about 20 steps wide x 30 steps long (smaller for U-8 and larger for U-14; adjust the size according to your teams age & ability and the number of players; it should be large enough so they can spread out to create space, but not too large)
- Divide into 2 teams (if you have over 5 players per team an odd number is okay, otherwise the Coach or a spectator plays).
- Have the teams start on opposite sides of the field
- Give each team 1 ball for every 2 1/2 to 3 players (e.g., 5, 6 or 7 players per side get 2 balls, and 8 or 9 players get 3 balls). (It isn't as much fun if there are too many balls). If there are 4 per side, you can let one team start with 2 balls and the other team with one ball.
- On "Go", each team tries to keep their balls & steal the other teams balls
- The team with the most balls at the end of 3 minutes wins.
- If a ball goes "out of bounds", play it in with feet or throw in (the coach decides which for each game)
- Play three 3-minute games. If necessary, after each game, even up the teams so they are competitive.
- Players with the ball should work in pairs or 3's
- If a player has a ball but no "support", he should call someone by name to come to support him
- Encourage talking to teammates & to call teammates by name & to be specific (e.g., "John, support!" or "John, man on").
- This game (and many others described herein) will also work indoors & in most cases you can use the lines on the gym floor instead of soccer cones.