Small sided games: a scoping review of literature 2006-2016

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This article reports the findings of a scoping review of the use of small-sided games (SSGs) as a teaching or coaching pedagogy across four game categories. The selection criteria included empirical research available online, published after January 1 2006 and prior to December 31, 2016, in an academic journal. The data were analysed through an inductive thematic approach which generated two themes: Development and Practical considerations. This review found that SSGs can be used as a deliberate pedagogy to elicit physiological responses for a training effect. Given that the variables associated with SSGs include pitch size, game intensity, and number of players, a key determining factor in the implementation of SSGs includes the objective of the practice activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-31
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Sports Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Coaching
  • Games for understanding
  • Scoping review
  • Small-sided games
  • Teaching


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