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U8 - U10

Create scoring opportunities

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Area: Three cones 20 yards away from goal with three groups of players. All the players have a soccer ball.

1. Player A starts the exercise by dribbling around the coach and shoots at the goal.

2. When Player A has taken the shot, they turn and receive a pass from Player B.

3. Player A now passes to running player B who shoots at the goal.

4. Player B and C now play a 2 v 1 against player A.

5. Players rejoin a new group of players.


Player A shoots and then plays a 1 v 1 with player B. Once they have finished the 1 v 1 player C calls out the name of the player they want to play with in the 2 v 1. Player C and the player called play against the player that was not called.

Coaching points:

Technique of shooting

Positive 1 v 1

Team work 2 v 1

  • Decision making
  • Team work
  • The joy of scoring goals
  • The feeling of allowing a goal and then working hard to get one back
  • Encouraging coach
  • Fun
Psychological / Social
  • Competitive
  • Go, go , go
  • You need the coach to be enthusiastic
  • Short bursts of energy
  • 1 v 1 battles
  • 60 - 90 minute session

Area – 30 x 40. 2 defenders are placed at each end of the playing area and are standing either side of the goal. Six players are stood with the coach. The coach has all the soccer balls.

1. The coach calls out a number, plays in a ball and points in the direction of the attack. “TWO!” Two players enter the playing area. (If the coach calls out “ONE!” A 1v1 is played.)

2. One less defender enters the playing area to create a 2v1.

3. If the two attackers score, the coach serves in a ball and the same two attackers attack the opposite end with one defender from that end entering the field.

4. If the defender wins the ball they can attack the opposite goal.


If the attackers score and attack the opposite end, they are joined by another player from the sidelines.

Coaching points:

Good demonstration from the coach. Players need to be alert.

Make the extra player count.

Movement into space


Area – 30 x 40. Two teams, 4 v 4. You may have GK’s.

The teams play against each other. The rules of the game are:

1.When the attacking scores, that player joins the other team.

2.This will create a 5 v 3. If a player on the team of 5 score, they join the team of 3.

3.See if the teams that are playing up a player can create scoring opportunities.


Coaching points:

Look for team play, counter attacks, make the extra player count  and communication.

  • Shooting with the laces or the side foot
  • Choose a target to shoot at - Away from the GK
  • Passing technique
  • Body shape when receiving the ball
  • Angle of support
  • Field awareness
  • Decision making
  • Pass to space or to feet
  • The understanding of when to shoot
  • Reaction to losing the ball or winning the ball
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