64 Small Sided Games
The attached document (PDF) details 64 small sided games.
The games are arranged into three categories: simple, intermediate and advanced.
These categories represent the degree of difficulty for your players. They are not specifically tied to age-groups, but they are intended to show that young players will find it easier to understand and play simple games.
As your players become older or more experienced they can try the intermediate games, eventually moving on to the advanced games.
It’s your judgement as coach as to which games your players are going to benefit from, but we hope that these categoreies help to provide a progression as they grow in age and confidence.
What are the key benefits of small-sided games?
• No coaching, the game is the teacher
• Simple to set up
• Simplifies the choices in possession (pass, dribble, shoot)
• More player participation
• Different games bring different problems to solve and skills to use
• More touches of the ball
• More passes attempted
• More 1v1s attempted
• More goals scored
• When used, goalkeeper participation is greatly increased
• No referees required
• No results recorded
• No positions, just players
• The players take responsibility