Soccer Training Info
Home New Skills Strategy Dribbling Shooting Passing Watch Videos Blog
Skills and Techniques
Free Kicks
Strategy & Tactics
Soccer Patterns
Practice Plans
Soccer History
History of Soccer
Articles Archive
Quick Tips
Fitness & Nutrition
Mental Focus
Speed Training
Soccer Gear
Local Stores
Soccer Camps
Soccer Tournaments
Indoor Soccer Facilities
Soccer Bars

Coerver Coaching

Coerver Coaching Ultimate Bundle

Coerver Session Planner

Featured Links

Sharks and Minnows

Field size: 30 yards by 20 yards; small square or circle

Number of players: full team

Age range: 6-8

Description: This is a classic game where one player tries to be the super defender and knock everyone's elses ball out of the square. Those who lose their balls then leave the square or become defenders - this depends upon the coach and what rules he or she wants to put in place.  Maybe do one round where players join the defender if they're ball gets knocked out and then another where it's just the solo sort of ‘super’ defender.  Stress the idea of a super defender, a player who battles and hustles and wins the ball. Players dribbling the ball should work on shielding, keeping their eyes on the ball and up, and dribbling with both feet. This game is often called wolves and sheep as well. 

This game is great for getting players used to protecting their ball from defenders and using their body to prevent another player from getting it.  One thing players can learn at a young age is to always get your body between the ball and the defender and don't be afraid of a little bit of pushing or pressure from a defender.  Even at a young age, players can get used to playing in tight spaces and playing while under pressure.

Check out the video below to see a game of sharks and minnows in action.


Equipment needed: Cones and practice vests.

  Subscribe in a reader   Bookmark and Share     

Coerver Coaching: Get FREE Soccer Training tips. Signup Now!
Coerver Coaching
Hot Links
1. Elite European Clubs Soccer Camps
2. Daily Footwork Drills
3. Soccer's Possession Kings
4. Barcelona's Tiki Taka Style of Play
5. Messi Maradona Imitation
6. How to Play Like Lionel Messi
7. Become a Better Soccer Coach
Coerver Coaching's Online Youth Diploma
Want Soccer Practices That Players Enjoy? You'll get all this & much more from this coaching course. Take it from the comfort of your home. Further your education in soccer skills training. Instant Access Now!

Coerver Coaching Ultimate Bundle

Site Map
About Us

Quote of the Month:

"There is always someone out there getting better than you by training harder than you."

more soccer quotes...


© 2019 Soccer Training Info All rights reserved.