Tackle techniques soccer game

This small-sided soccer game makes the most of 1v1 situations and being able to make and evade tackles. The soccer (football) players in this game need to have good all-round soccer skills so their team doesn't lose a life.

Set up soccer game

  • You can use the centre circle of an 11-a-side pitch or mark out a circle with cones around 30 yards in diameter for the drill.

  • You need four goals, as in the diagram, but you can use cones to mark out goals.
  • Split your squad into four and line them up next to the goals.

Run the game

  • The game works with four players on the pitch, one from each team.

  • You have to defend your goal but attack the other three.
  • Any player letting a goal in has to go off the pitch and another of their team joins.
  • Once you are off the pitch you have lost your life and cannot go back on.
  • The team with the last player on the pitch wins.

Small sided soccer game for tackling and evading tackles

Small-sided games are recommended as one of the best ways to coach your players soccer skills. Michael Beale's 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games has all you need to run successful coaching sessions based on this system. Click here to order a copy.

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