Coaching 8v8 Soccer

As an interim step between small-sided games and 11v11, 8v8 soccer has enough numbers to provide a clear picture of how to implement the principles of the game within various team shapes. The 8v8 game also presents many technical and tactical teaching opportunities for coaches and older players, depending on which system is utilized.

This program illustrates how different playing systems within the 8v8 format enable coaches to teach attacking and defending principles of the game. Various systems of play are covered and how they relate to the 11v11 game. Systems covered include the attacking and defending principles of the 2-3-2, 3-3-1, 3-2-2 and the 2-4-1.

Why the 8v8?
The 8v8 is becoming popular all over the world for many reasons:

– The coach can, to a degree, replicate the 4-4-2 by playing a 3-3-1, or a 3-4-3 by playing a 2-3-2, and so on
-The 8v8 enables players to replicate many of the tactical functions which occur in the 11v11 game. For example, the 3-3-1 allows fullbacks to overlap as they do in a 4-4-2
– Players are allowed the opportunity to exercise the technical functions they perform in a game
– It is a good system for intra-squad practices since many teams are made up of 16-18 players

Running Time: 96 minutes