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. The groundbreaking thing about this exercise is showing how you - as a coach - can have the parents assist you with the training. In this exercise the parents act as four dynamic walls, which make sure that the ball is moving non-stop, so that the players achieve as many touches and as much play-time as possible.
The exercise consists of two halves, each lasting 4 minutes. The break is used to coach the players, in order for them to use what they have learned to improve their play-intelligence. Focus on which technical skills are used in this game. The tactical skills are secondary. The size of the area could be varied according to the players’ level.
1 ball, 2 waistcoats, 2 goals, and 4 cones
The exercise could be done 3:3.