Activity Card Small Sided Game 9-12 Safe Zone

SAFE ZONE (Small Sided Game)
Suitable for players aged 9-12 years


  1. Area of up to 30 x 20m. Modify area depending on the number and age of players.
  2. Divide the players into 2 teams and bib accordingly (Reds / Blues).
  3. Insert a channel running across the middle of the pitch. This is the “Safe Zone”.
  4. Have footballs around the area to restart the match quickly


  1. Reds and Blues play in a regular small-sided game, aiming to score in the opponent's goal.
  2. One player from each team is allowed to play in the “Safe Zone”. When in possession of the ball in the “Safe Zone”, players can not be tackled.
  3. Other players are allowed to move through the “Safe Zone” but can not receive possession of the ball in there.
  4. Rotate “Safe Zone” players after a certain period of time.


  • Players can be tackled in the safe zone after 5 seconds of possession
  • Any player can receive the ball in the safe zone (only one player from each team is allowed in the “safe zone” at any one time


  • Receiving the ball to play forwards
  • Movement to receive the ball
  • Passing accuracy