Playing 2:2 is the ideal introduction to football as team play for this age level. In this exercise there are lots of opportunities for the players themselves to experience the upsides in overlap, wall passes, and feinting, along with pressure and support. In the exercise there are many changes between 2:2, 2:1, 1:2, and 1:1. Here, the players practice the ability to create and take advantage of situations when in majority. However, the focus is mainly on the players’ technical skills; the tactical skills are not relevant until later on. Still, by doing this exercise the players slowly begin to build up their play intelligence - the ability to choose the right solution based on a given situation.
The coach starts the game and could do a few halts along the way (freeze a situation), where he coaches the players. It would be a good idea to play 2 x 4 minutes, using the break to talk about the technical skills used in the exercise, along with how you play together well.
2 waistcoats, 2 goals, and 1 ball
2:2 can be played on grass as well as on a multi court.