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Description / Aims

Play will start with a normal game, using the bigger goals. On your call of ‘Switch Pitch’, the aim will be to score in the smaller goals (or switch back to the larger goals if targetting the smaller goals). We want the players to realise the space is the same for each part of the session but can they use that space well to create chances (top to bottom will seem more narrow than left to right).

Time / No. of Players

25 Mins / 10 to 12 players (adjust as necessary)


  • Half a pitch
  • Use one ball, match scenario
  • Goals at either end as well as smaller goals either side (use cones if needed)
  • 5 v 5, use GKs for the first part of the game

SSG Switch Pitch Main

Coaching Points

  • Switching Play – When the pitch is switched, how quickly is the ball moved?
  • Speed of Decision Making – When the switch is done, how quickly are players reacting? What does the transition look like?
  • Space – How are players using the space? Have they become narrow when play is switched? Where is the space?
  • Size of Goals – Does the size of the goals affect which ones are targeted for points?
  • How do the teams defend the smaller goals, considering there are two?
  • In free play, which goals are targeted? Try to get the players to target the goal where they feel the best chance of scoring is

SSG Switch Pitch Progression


  • Have 1 point if a goal is scored in the larger goals but 2 points if scored in the smaller goals
  • Place a coloured marker in front of each adjacent smaller goal (i.e. 3 sets of goals including the large goals – Red, Blue, Yellow). Goals can only be scored in that coloured goal. Let the players know by either shouting the colour or holding up a matching coloured cone
  • Add a third smaller goal (in the middle) and encourage wide play
  • Free Play – Any goal can be used to score

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