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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Small/Large Sided Games Assessment
Soccer skills including dribbling, passing, trapping, and shooting are helpful, although not necessary.
Purpose of Activity:
For students to understand that small sided games will help each student improve their skills and endurance. This is because each student will get the ball more often and be more involved in the action.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Assessment forms; pencils; soccer balls (1 for every 4 students); cones for goals; large field;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Begin class with a large soccer game and let the students play for 5-10 minutes. Stop the class and set up several 2v2 or 3v3 games and let them play for 5-10 minutes.
Stop the class and have a discussion about the games. Ask leading questions so the students will state that there is more action for each player, more opportunities for each player, and more running for each player when it was 2v2 or 3v3. Also, lead them to discover that players who are involved in small sided games will have a greater chance of improving their skills and their endurance, and that it is easier to participate in small sided games on their own because they require fewer people.

Make an assessment that looks something like this and have the students complete it.

Small/Large Sided Games Assessment


If you could decide whether to play large sided or small sided activities this semester, which would you choose?


Please explain how your selection will give you the best possible opportunity to improve your soccer skills and your cardiovascular endurance.


Would your heart rate be higher in a large or small sided activity?


After school, would a large or small sided activity be easier to participate in?

Teaching Suggestions:

Write out leading questions before class.
Be prepared because some students may argue that the large sided game is "more fun". However, your questions must lead them to consider how much standing around occurs during large activities compared to small activities.
This can be done with many activities like basketball, volleyball, team handball, etc.


Have students compare their heart rate using heart rate monitors or by checking their pulse periodically during each activity.
Use pedometers to compare the number of steps taken during each activity.
After completing the activity and discussing small vs. large sided games, have students choose their own groups and design their own activities that would result in high participation for all group members.

Assessment Ideas:

Collect assessment sheets.
Include heart rate/pedometer readings on assessment sheet.
Have students describe a game they come up with as a group, including statements why this particular game/activity would lead to high participation and activity for all involved.
Bob Wright in Richboro, PA. Posted on PEC: 12/29/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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