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Small sided games

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Small sided Games

You can learn or practice in small-sided game situations or by using more attackers than defenders.

Benefits of practising using small-sided games

  • You can practice in a game situation.
  • More touches of the ball, helps develop skill [Skill: The learned ability to choose and perform the right techniques at the right time..
  • More opportunity to play different positions.
  • More chance for all players to stay involved.
  • Increases the number of times a skill is performed.
  • Teacher can identify problems more easily.
  • Teacher can give feedback [Feedback: Information about the outcome of a performance. more easily.
  • Fewer options, so decision making skills can be improved.
  • Fewer people to pass to, so you have less to think about.
  • Improves problem solving skills in the game.
  • Fewer opponents, means fewer options.
  • You can focus on one part of your play, in a game situation.
  • More chance to practice skills, at game speed.

Benefits of practising with more attackers than defenders

  • Can develop confidence, due to less pressure and a high success rate.
  • Range of options, develops decision making skills.
  • It can provide motivation, if there is a high success rate.
  • Extra attacker, means it is easier to practice our attacking skills.
  • It makes defence work harder, to develop fitness [Fitness: The ability to meet the demands of a physical task. or to learn to cope with pressure.
  • It makes practice easier and more successful.
  • You get more time/space so that it’s easier to score.
  • It may help develop attacking and defending teamwork.
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