A keepball small sided soccer game

Coach your young soccer (football) players to put opponents under pressure with this small-sided soccer game of keepball.

This simple game of 4v1 keepball is also a good test of a soccer (football) player's first-touch skills.

Run the game

  • Play four attackers versus one defender in a 10-yard square.

  • The attackers have to make, for example, eight consecutive passes (after which one of them swaps with the defender).

  • The defender must try to win the ball, if they win it, they swap places with the next attacker.

  • To progress the skills in this soccer coaching session, try making one attacker pass with their first touch, then make that a condition for all the attackers.

Key soccer coaching tips

Encourage players to…

  • Use both feet in the soccer drill.

  • Keep their heads up to follow the movements of their team-mates

  • Decide what to do with the ball before getting it – when transferred to a match situation this saves valuable time and helps speed up attacks, something defenders don’t like

Click here to order a copy of 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games by Michael Beale, Chelsea FC academy coach.

Click here for a 2v2 small-sided game to help players maintain possession of the ball.

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