I played 2v2 +1 on both sides plus a keeper. It could easily be done 3v3+1 also, or 2v2 +1 on one half and 3v3+1 on the other.
The magic man plays on the team with possession. The team in possession must get into midfield safe zone before they can attack. Player in the zone can’t be tackled. Player also not allowed out of zone until play breaks down, they must pass out.
You can if additionally create a scoring zone, to encourage players to get over the line and score.
If defending team wins it they attack and magic man joins them.
Shooting & Finishing
Play on different lines
Move together, different options
Movement before receive
Protect ball safe side
Shake defender off
Shots on target!
Quick transition if win ball
Defend tight, 1 man each
Remove central area and play big SSG with both teams.
Saul Isaksson-Hurst spent 10 years coaching in Premier League Academy Football at Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC.