5v5 to large goals is a simple, fun, and competitive small sided game variation with four field players and a goal keeper per side.

Set Up

Create a playing area with a large goal on either end as pictured in the diagram above. For this drill you’ll need goal keepers in each goal and two teams of players each of which consisting of four field players.

How It Works

The two teams compete with all the normal rules of a large sided game applying. If the ball goes out of play over a sideline, players can do kick ins instead of throw ins.

Coaching Points

5v5 can offer coaches a chance to teach tactical concepts in a scaled down environment. Fundamentals such as spreading out in possession and staying compact on defense can be easier to point out in 5v5 as everything is much closer together.

5v5 is also a great game to get players competing against one another and get lots of touches on the ball.

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