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Mini Mixed Bag


  • To encourage young players to begin to think more about using the width of the field.

  • To work on attacks from the flanks.


  • To generate a good, fun practice, but don't forget to keep the score.


  • Mark in an area 30 yards long by 25 yards and extend the width with a 6-yard channel on either side.

  • Put in a half way line, but not in the channel.

  • Play 2 Attackers vs. 1 Defender and a Goalkeeper in each half.

  • There are two neutral "crossers" of the ball - one on one flank; one on the other.

  • Goalkeeper at one end starts by throwing the ball out to one of the "crossers" (wingers).

  • The wingers play a cross in towards the goal.

  • If the defenders or the goalkeeper gets the ball they play out to one of the two wingers and the attack goes the other way.

  • Rotate all players at intervals through all positions.

  • Use the offside law to prevent attackers standing in front of the goalkeeper.

  • If possible, organize three teams of 4 (see Progressions for "How to Organize").



  • Encourage an accurate thrown ball from the keeper to the winger.

  • Wingers should aim to cross the ball towards the far post with a hard driven pass.

  • The wingers should also aim the ball to split the difference between the defenders and the goalkeeper.

  • Attackers should go away from the crosser and then come in fast as the ball is played in (see Corner Shot).

  • Defenders have to be well organized together as they are outnumbers by the 3 Attackers so cannot just man-mark.

  • Goalkeeper should be helping organize the defenders.


U11 Progressions

  • This game is later progressed into the Medium Mixed Bag in the U12’s.

  • Important that the width for crossing the ball is such that the players have success. If not reduce it.

  • Super 6's Shadow

  • Stand alone activity to familiarize the players with the game, the respective roles and the rules and expectations.

  • If you are not convinced that Shadow is the way to go, don’t use it. Some coaches find it very beneficial. Others are not enamored by this method.

  • You can always begin with a coached game 6 vs. 6.

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