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Change Soccer


  • To involve every player in a fun 2 vs 2 or 3 vs 3 game.

  • To emphasize co-operation and skill development.


  • To outscore the opposition.


  • Group is split into two; if odd number, coach joins in or plays the strongest squad a player short.

  • In the example shown, three players from each team play a normal on-the-field game.

  • Also there are three players on each team as collective goalkeepers; positioned no more than two yards off each goal line and not allowed to handle ball.

  • Goals only count if scored below knee height.

  • Coach shouts "Change!" and on-field teams run back to goal line, without touching the ball again, to become the goalkeepers.

  • Goalkeeping teams become the on-field teams and move quickly to win possession.

  • Coach shouts "Change!" at any time.

  • Make goals wide enough so that it's not too difficult to score.

  • Any major infraction means a free shot from the half-way line, with no goalkeepers.



  • Encourage players to pass frequently in order to create scoring chances.

  • Encourage goalkeeping team to move sideways together, as a wall.

  • Defenders should help each other and stay on their feet as much as possible.


  • Must make one (later two) passes before they can shoot at goal.

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