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

Shane Pill, Deboraha Agnew

International Sports Studies 41 No. 2 (2019)     pp: 5-31     2020-02-12
Small sided games: a scoping review of literature 2006-2016

Stichworte/keywords: small-sided games, scoping review, teaching, coaching, games for understanding

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Pill, S., & Agnew, D. (2019). Small sided games: a scoping review of literature 2006-2016. International Sports Studies, 41 (2), 5-31. doi:10.30819/iss.41-2.02
doi = {10.30819/iss.41-2.02},
url = {},
year = 2019,
publisher = {Logos Verlag Berlin},
volume = {41},
number = {2},
pages = {5-31},
author = {Shane Pill, Deboraha Agnew},
title = {Small sided games: a scoping review of literature 2006-2016},
journal = {International Sports Studies}

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.
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