Structure: The playing field resembles the wings of a butterfly. On each diagonal side of the field, a mini-goal is placed. I would recommend to use the width of the box and make the field approximately 25 meters long.
Rules: The game is played 5vs5+1. The neutral player supports the team in possession of the ball. Furthermore, a fixed direction of play is established.
Variation: To support the team in possession of the ball, the field could be divided into different vertical lanes, with specific rules for the occupation of each zone. In a further step, the direction of play could be changed. For example, a team could then attack the goals at the bottom left and top right. This in turn leads to more diagonality and interesting interactions, especially in terms of preparing the counter-pressing for a potential turnover.
Coaching points: The main principle we want to train with this small-sided game is the use of switches in order to get access to the centre diagonally. Therefore, the butterfly-shape is used alongside the mini-goals representing a pass into the ten-space. As a consequence, the main focus of this small-sided game lies in the principles of creating pressure and finding the free man facing the opponent’s goal. Fulfilling the principle of creating pressure requires the usage of our sub-principles attract and switch as well as the offer of two passing options for the ball carrier.
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