As a soccer coach, you know how frustrating it can be when a training session is ruined because the players are more interested in messing around than paying attention.

Chances are they’re bored — but it’s up to you as the coach to make the training session exciting.
One of the best ways to do this is by using small-sided games. Recognized worldwide by top teams, youth academies and governing bodies, small-sided games develop the essential core skills in fresh and fun ways.
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The games are devised by Michael Beale, who played the game professionally, but whose real gift now lies in a natural ability to devise practical coaching sessions that engage and excite players. “Some coaches find it difficult, but I can just visualize what will work,” he says matter-of-factly, adding: “I’m just lucky.”
Too right he is! I know how hard it is to keep training fresh… so no wonder Michael is held in such high regard by leading professional clubs.
I can heartily recommend An Introduction to Small-Sided Games to every youth coach intent on improving their players’ essential soccer skills, while at the same time having fun. It could very well be the difference between success and failure for your team this season.
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Using small-sided games in training gives a number of coaching benefits:
1. More player participation
2. More touches of the ball
3. More passes attempted
4. More 1v1s attempted
5. More goals scored
6. More goalkeeper participation
7. Different games mean different problems to solve and skills to use.