UNC Women’s Soccer Twitter feed posted this. Probably a bit above the skill level of my players, but a fun thing to try, perhaps.
If you have one (or two) big goals (I’m assuming I won’t have four big goals), you could restrict the shooting, i.e. after two small-goal-shots, you have to shoot at the big goal with a goalie.
I generally use this as a fun way to finish the season (last practice) or to get the team working together early in the season. What I like about it is that it is infinitely variable to focus on whatever skill the coach wants.
Progressions / Variations
2016 Update: Did this today with some adjustments that worked well. Basically made teams smaller (with more of them); spread out the field, so it wasn’t so crowded (and potentially dangerous), and introduced more skill to the final step.
There’s an old(ish) teaching activity whereby you give students something to assemble (imagine blocks, legos, etc.). They are in groups with all of them blindfolded except for one. It is the guide’s job to instruct the others how to put it together.
I wanted to work on communication and I wondered if I could adapt this to soccer. The team had a blast doing this. In the end, I suspect it ended up being more bonding than communicating, but it did produce a fairly hilarious result.
You can adjust this however you want, but here’s what I did:
We did this for four rounds, each with a new guide. It basically got funnier and funnier as it went along. We had people wandering away, such that I had to tell their guides to save them; we had collisions (some of which were worrisome…?); we had a few skirmishes; etc.
So, as I said, very successful for a fun way to end practice, focus on team bonding, and communicate.