Pendulum game

  • Organisation

    Rectangular space. Two teams with equal number of players. Two extra attacking players (jokers) placed on each shotline.

  • Process

    The aim for the attacking team is to make the ball to both the jokers. They get one point if they succeeds to play the ball to both the jokers without loosing the ball.

  • Tip

    A really fast variation of small-side-game. This forces the players to make quick decisions.

  • Field size

    Adapt to number and quality of players.


Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Ball control, Dribbling, Passing, Feinting/trick dribbling, Trapping

Shot technique/shooting [Inside of the laces passing, Outside of the foot, Inside of the foot]


Defensive/Offensive play [One On One, Quick transitioning (offense to defense), Quick transitioning (defense to offense), One on one, Pushing]


Speed of movement off the ball


Quick understanding of danger, Quick decisioning, Coordination & Speed Training

Training Set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis, End


Training examples



U6 - U13 [Under 10, Under 11]


30 min

Number of Players:

6 - 9 players, > 10 players

Form of Training:

Individual training, Group training, Team training

Skill Level:

Any, Advanced

Author: Robert Johansson

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Similar exercises - Duration:

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