Small-sided games are acknowledged throughout the coaching profession - from grassroots to the top of the professional game - as one of the best ways to coach soccer skills and tactics.
Why use small-sided games?
- More player participation
- Different games mean different problems to solve and skills to use
- More touches of the ball
- More passes attempted
- More 1v1s attempted
- More goals scored
- More goalkeeper participation
- No referee needed
- No results recorded
- Players take responsibility
No coaching - the game is the teacher
I'm a firm believer in the idea that players learn the game from playing. I've designed these games to help coach players in every aspect of the game, from individual core skills, to team-based attacking strategies.
These games are tried, tested and proven with both grassroots beginners and top youth players in professional academies. They are designed to stimulate players and lead them down the most effective paths of learning.
Some games get your players working on passing skills in competitive scenarios, while others are more tactically focused, providing your players with the skills to see the opportunities before them on the pitch.
Players will develop core skills through the sheer number of touches that each game guarantees. At the same time they will develop "soccer vision" - the ability to see spaces on the pitch - as each game is played in realistic game conditions.
And because of the pitch dimensions, you can run several games simultaneously, perhaps focusing on different disciplines, so that all of your players are playing all of the time.
64 Small-Sided Soccer Games will give you an array of skills, techniques and strategies to give your team an edge.
So why not be among the first to own a copy of this unique resource?
You can buy 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games in two formats:
An A4 PDF document stored on your computer. You can help the environment by saving trees and using less chemical-based ink by only printing out the games you need for the day.
An A4 user-friendly spiral bound printed report for your bookshelf or desk. Spiral bound means you can use it without having to hold the page open as with most bound books. You can copy or print as many copies as you like for distribution to your players and colleagues.
A sample page from the manual
64 small-sided soccer games one per page, covering every aspect of the game
PDF and spiral-bound - take it straight onto the training ground or print and distribute amongst your players and colleagues
|What coaches are saying about my 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games manual:
Kevin Dunkerley, Heyside JFC U9, Lancashire, UK, says:
"The coaching manual was recommended to me by a friend who works as an Academy coach at Blackburn Rovers. I tracked it down & now base my training sessions around the simple philosophy the manual promotes.
I coach an U9 team & the improvement I've seen in my team this season has been phenomenal. I'm certain that is due in no small part to the games we play in our training session, which focus on small sided games, as described in 64 Small-Sided games.
Each player gets lots of time on the ball & opportunity to express their increasing skill levels within the games. I'm regularly told by young beaming faces glistening with sweat from the hard work they have put in “That was the best training session ever!”
The ability & enthusiasm of the team has enabled us to win 3 Champions titles this season as well as attracting interest from the local press for going a full year unbeaten in any competition. I've got no doubt that the kids are going from strength to strength at the moment & I'm certain that will continue as we move into the 2009/10 season.
I'd strongly advise any coach working with young football players to buy 64 Small-Sided games. Trust me…You won't look back! "
Kevin and his unbeaten, triple champions Heyside JFC U9s team
Henrik Mette Kristensen, Sports Beijing, China says:
"Want to give my greatest recommendations to your 64 Small-Sided Games manual.
As a first-time coach for a 2001-age group, selected team in the international organisation "Sports Beijing" I had a real need for small sided games with easy rules. I found your book with the small sided games very effective.
As a former danish youth national player, I have had a lot of coaches during my own career.... but I realized that coaching small boys are completely different than older, andvanced players.
Boys of the age of 7 want to PLAY... so for me it was a matter of finding interesting small games with restrictions to push them to train specific skills (without realizing it) and make them have fun at the same time.
I coached the boys for 1 year now. We have played numerous of games against other sports clubs, chinese schools etc. and I have realized that "my boys" are starting to understand the game of football as a team game instead of game for individuals with good dribbling and shooting skills. They have developped a lot and I really enjoy to see them do 3-4 passes and understanding the values in remembering positions and organisation.
80% of games are won. And often due to the fact, that the boys are getting more and more confident with the ball and know that "the ball never gets tired". I think it has to do with the way we train..... - always trying to do 3v3 - 5v5 games etc.
The value of your games is specifically that they:
Are simple and easy (most of them)
Don't require too many extra accessories
To make it even better I could suggest you to show eventual variations of the same drill. Because my team is build out of : 3x Swedish, Danish,Dutch, Italian, Chinese, German, Finnish, Ethiopian, French and Russian boys - so for me simplicity in showing the drills is very, very important (because of the age and because of language restrictions). So once we are doing a drill and master it, it will be valuable to change it a bit but keep the same basis.
At the picture, we are having a break in a 7 v 7 tournament in Beijing in June 2009. The temperature was 32 C - but it was a fun day!"
Henrik and his boys in Beijing
Markku Siivonen, Klaukkala, Finland says:
"The 64 Small-Sided Games is very useful tool for coaching teams. The diagrams are clear as they are drawn with real player figures instead of just x o etc. the path of the players and the ball are not too complicated. I always take the relevant pages with me to the training and show the diagrams to the players before stating the action. This has shortened the introduction face of the training.
Players really like it when they can see what is there to come. They really enjoy playing the games instead of doing some boring theoretical sessions.
I am coaching two teams: U 18 girls' team and a ladies team. They are training together as many younger players are playing in both teams. The success has been unbelievable! The former mid-table teams are winners now! The scoring of both teams has improved vastly! The younger team finish 2nd on the first half of the season: 9 games, 7 won, one draw, 1 lost, goal difference 45-9.
The ladies team finish on top of the table winning all 7 games with an unbelievable goal difference 55-1!"
Markku and his free-scoring ladies
Dino Durand, BU11 (River Plate-Palos Verdes)- BU16(SOFC Diablos Rojos)- Premier semi-pro team( Independiente BHS), Argentina says:
" You can tell that I have a lot of your books and DVD's from "Better Soccer Coaching"...My name is Dino Durand and I'm from Argentina and I will love to help you sending my opinion about this system...
- The diagrams are very useful because is easier to understand the drills.
- The drills are easy to run because they are simple and practical.
- I apply a lot of different drills and games from "Better Soccer Coaching" that makes the session fun for my players.
- They have a lot of fun and the are improving at the same time.
- Also some of the drills and small games help the team to win different games.
- I also learn a lot how to be more organized.
- Is the best so far comparing with others.
- I feel very comfortable with "Better Soccer Coaching" because it is helping me to improve my coaching...After all this years of experience that I have in soccer, as a coach, I'm always finding something new when I check "Better Soccer Coaching"...I believe that I speak for many coaches that have improved through "Better Soccer Coaching"...
I'm sorry but I'm trying my best with the English....
Thank you to give me the opportunity to give you my opinion about the system...!"
Dino having fun in the Buenos Aires sunshine
Scott Faris, Naaman Forest HS, Dallas, USA says:
"I think the small-sided games are excellent, I use the games or I adjust it to what I need from the skill set I am trying to improve upon. The instructions are easy to understand, the games are fun and they helped me tremendously in my first year as a head coach for high school age kids.
I highly recommend the small sided games for any age level coach."
Scott's Naaman Forest HS team
John Carbone, Wesley College Soccer Coach, Perth, Western Australia says:
"64 Small-Sided Games has been very helpful in developing my school soccer team. training sessions are always different which keeps players motivated and willing to learn different skills."
Mark Pierce, Prestatyn Athletic JFC, Denbighshire, UK says:
"With regards to the 64 Small-Sided Games manual, I found it to be a very useful coaching tool which gave me many ideas to create my own drills and games which were relevant to the age group I coach at the soccer school.
My soccer school accepts 4 year olds up to 6 year olds, before the move into teams to start playing proper small sided matches. My teams are always regarded as the teams to beat in my area, & very seldom do they lose matches. This book has just given greater impetus to everyone"
Tom Egan, County Clare, Republic of Ireland says:
"On the topic of the 64 Small-Sided Games I would like to make the following comments:
The Diagrams and Drills are top quality and have given my training sessions a new lease of life.
The children are definitely getting a lot of benefit from it and are continuing to improve considerably to the extent that a Premiership Club who have been involved in doing training with our Club have remarked on the improvements the children are making and it has been for the large part in my opinion down to these excellent easy to follow and implement Drills covered by the 64 Small-Sided Games.
I coach Adults and Schoolboys/girls. In the Schoolboy categories I coach from ages 6 all the way to 16. My primary interest at the moment is at under 11 as my son Ben plays in the team.
On your Customer Care Service it has been excellent from when I made first contact with you. Your speed in getting manuals to me and response to my queries has been fantastic and I look forward to many more transactions with you.
Many thanks and I Iook forward to dealing with you in the future."
Lewis Evans and Nick Gwyther, Whitchurch Sports Junior FC, Bristol, UK, say:
"Myself and my assistant Nick Gwyther have found this book superb, we currently coach under 7's and the simplicity of the diagrams and the list of instructions has made understanding and performing the drills easy and fun with the boys. We have adapted some of the drills to suit our age group, but have still managed to get the overall idea across to the boys.
We have been able to find a drill and work a progression into it every week since we purchased it, and have noticed a greater understanding of the game starting to appear, it has now become our best reference point, we would recommend this book to any club, as it can be used from reception through to senior football."
Lewis, Nick and their Whitchurch Sports Junior FC U7s team
Tom Atkinson, L.N.E.R. Youth FC U11, Wembley, UK, says:
"I am the Honorary Secretary for L.N.E.R. Youth FC. We have 23 teams at our club, ranging from U6 to U18; we also have 3 girl's teams and 2 Senior Teams.
Last Season I was coaching our U11's A team, I separated the pages in my book and laminated each page so I could take the pages onto the training field so they wouldn't get damaged.
We used almost all the sessions throughout the season and I think it paid dividends, the boys did find some of the sessions difficult at first but enjoyed the variety. As a coach, the most important thing is not to let the players get bored during training, and there is no chance of this happening with this book. This season our team reached the Finals of the Middlesex County Cup, the Finals of the Harrow Youth League Cup and finished third in the Harrow Youth U11's Premier League.
Using this book has added another dimension to our training and would benefit any youth club or coach."
Tom (left) and his victorious L.N.E.R. Youth FC U11s team
Andrew Homent, Womens' & Girl's Development Coach @ London FA
& 1st Team Coach @ Old Actonians LFC, says:
"I have found the sessions incredibly helpful with my coaching. They are simple to set up and easy to follow for both players and coaches. The simplicity of the sessions allows you to get more out of them.
They act as a great tool for individual skills, techniques and as a fitness tool and can be easily adapted for your players into functions & phases which I've found very good for coaching 11 v 11 football"
Andrew in action
Stephen Brown, Manager - Lower Maze FC, Mid Ulster Intermediate A Division, Northern Ireland, says:
"Would just like to say that I found the manual to be invaluable when it comes to planning my coaching sessions. All the small sided games are expertly illustrated making them easy to understand and put into practice on a training night.
I know my players thoroughly enjoy the games - much better than picking two teams and just having a match!!"
Rick Genuario, Lee-Mt. Vernon Soccer Club, Virginia, USA says:
"I have used your manual for the Spring 2009 season for my U10/11 girls team here in Alexandria, Virginia in the Lee-Mt. Vernon Soccer League.
I found the manual very helpful and covering a range of skill level to fit my players. Since I coach in a rec league, I found the games that were less complicated more useful. In any event, the emphasis on small field, fewer players, helped keep all players active during each exercise. I found this to be most beneficial.
The girls definitely improved their skills as there was less standing around and they enjoyed the games more than the standard line drills. Also, mixing up the type of games and doing other exercises helped keep their interest."
Dave Edwards, Ashurst Wood Juniors, West Sussex, UK says:
"Great book when ideas run thin there is always an idea within the book to help.
Also when I'm not available the book helps parents who step in to take a session."
Tony Grunnill, South Cave JFC U12 Girls, East Riding, UK says:
"I have just finished my first year coaching an U12 girls team (South Cave JFC) in the East Riding Girls Football League.
The drills helped me enormously and through a combination of these drills and tonnes of dedication and hard work from the girls, the team went from a run of the mill, average mid table side to a pretty formidable, well organised outfit that was strong across the whole of the park. The team secured the local league title with a perfect unbeaten record (Played 16 Won 16), scoring 127 goals all season but even more remarkably we only conceded 4 goals in return.
We have also performed with great credit at several top tournaments across the country, winning one, finishing runners up in 3 and only once failing to qualify for the semi-final stages and that was on goal difference. The girls also finished Runners Up in the recent FA run National Youth Futsal Finals in Sheffield.
It's been a hugely successful season for the girls but if (at the beginning of the season) you had suggested to the players and parents that they were going to do so well, you'd have been certified!"
Why small-sided games work
The inspiration for the use of small-sided games in coaching lies in street football and "kickabouts" on the nearest available patch of grass - small groups of players playing intense, high-tempo, skilful, competitive-yet-fun football.
It's widely held that the practise was first adopted as a structured coaching method by the Dutch Football
Association back in the 1970s under the guidance of Rinus Michels, the inspiration behind what became known as Total Football.
The Dutch recognised the decline in street football and the damaging effect that would have on developing players in future generations. They formulated the 4v4 method as a response and it became widely known as “the Dutch way”. The Dutch produced some of the best soccer teams the
world has ever seen - an amazing achievement for a nation
of that size.
Tony Carr, Director of the West Ham United Academy (and editor of Smart Sessions), describes how when he was a player at West Ham in the 1960s the great Ron Greenwood used small-sided games at the heart of his coaching philosophy. Greenwood produced players of the calibre of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and
Martin Peters. Tony is responsible for some of the best
players in the modern English game - Cole, Ferdinand,
Carrick, DeFoe, Lampard, Terry etc.
Regardless of its origins, small-sided games work and more
and more grassroots coaches and international associations
(see below) are realising the benefits of the approach. Players and teams get better - faster!
64 different games, including:
3 Zone “Playmaker” Game
Free Your Team Mate
Possession v Pressure
End Zone Game
...and many, many more.
|Here's what US Youth Soccer say about small-sided games:
"The fewer players on the field, the more possible times a player will come in contact with the ball. In fact, players will find they have no choice; the ball will quickly find them!
More opportunity to solve problems that only the game can present.
Economical Fitness Training... Short duration, high intensity play with ball versus running laps.
We want our young soccer players to have more individual teaching time with the coach! Less players on the field and less players on the team will guarantee this!
The small-sided game allows coaches a perfect opportunity to observe and analyze the individual and collective responses of players under quick game-like conditions in a simple environment.
Players cannot hide or get lost in the small-sided environment. It helps improve competitiveness and aggressiveness.
It’s a FUN environment that focuses on the PLAYER!"
Tom Goodman, National Director of Coaching Education,
US Youth Soccer
Sir Trevor Brooking:
"Let's have more small-sided games so that they have more ball time. Let's allow them to have fun, take away the importance of winning and stop the young players being afraid of making mistakes. Concentrate on first touch and technique, allow that a short pass can often be more of a killer ball than the big hoof up to the centre-forward."
Sir Trevor Brooking, Director of Football Development,
The English FA
And the Scottish FA say:
"These games are the preferred method of training by professional players and are the most appropriate way of acquiring skills and developing young players."
Football Development Department,
The Scottish FA
Dramatically improve your team's performance
As an experienced youth soccer coach, I know three things to be true about small-sided games:
1. They have improved my players' technique
2. They have boosted our team performance
3. We have a lot of fun of playing them.
64 Small-Sided Soccer Games will give you a ready made answer to all of your coaching issues. Not scoring enough goals? Use a finishing game. Need your defence to work more as a unit? We have defensive games. Passing not sharp enough? Take your pick. You could use a different game each session without repeating yourself all season.
Your players will love these games. They'll grow in confidence and maturity, their decision-making will be enhanced and their skill and control will be super-charged.
Try a sample page. Print it out and take it to practise. Your players will love it.
64 Small-Sided Soccer Games is only available here, so order now and take your players to the next level.
With best wishes
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