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FineSoccer Drill 168 - Numbers Game

One of the things that cause problems with teams is when players have to get into small groups for various activities and they always get with the same few players. This helps to cause some separation in teams since friends always work with friends and some players feel left out. Today’s activity is a game helps prevent this from happening.

This numbers game is a simple game to play and I use it as a season long game. Whenever I call out a number, the players must get into groups of that number as soon as possible. Whoever isn’t in a group “loses”. For example, if there are 16 players at the training session and I call out “4” the players will quickly get into 4 groups of 4. However, if I call out 3, they will get into 3 groups of 3’s and one person “loses”. When I first introduce this game, there might be a “punishment” for the loser, which could be something like 5 star jumps or 5 donkey kicks. Real quickly the players learn that whenever they hear a number, they grab whoever is closest to them without regard for whether it’s a “friend” or “foe”.

This is a great way to get players to work with different teammates throughout a training session or season. It even works with larger numbers (if you want to split 16 players into 11 and 5 just yell “11” and those 11 become the first group right away. If a player wants to be in the group of 11 they will do so and if they don’t that is their decision (this is a great way to figure out who wants to do things because the players will frequently figure out what you are thinking with the numbers and will get into the bigger group quickly to participate.

Sometimes I will assign players into the groups but other times I will yell out the number and let the players do it, which saves time and avoids potential conflicts.

Next time you need to break your teams, play the numbers game and see how many potential problems you can avoid.

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