The small-sided approach to soccer is intended to provide
each player more touches on the ball. It also allows young players the ability
to make decisions for themselves (After all, this can only build confidence of
Positive key components of soccer become more visible in
small-sided soccer play. These areas of growth and mental development are
§ Individual Technical Development:
Young soccer players touch the soccer ball more
often and become more skilful with it!
§ Tactical Development:
Young soccer players make more, less-complicated
decisions during the game!
§ More Physically Efficient:
A reduction in the field size allows our young
soccer players to be more physically efficient in the field space they are
Need to feel worthy… Need to feel important:
Young soccer players to have more individual
teaching time with the coach! Fewer players on the field will guarantee this!
§ More opportunity to solve problems that only the game can present:
Young soccer players have more opportunity to be
involved through more playing time!
More exposure to attacking and defending situations:
Young soccer players have a greater opportunity to
play both sides of the ball!
Young soccer players have more opportunities to
Small-sided soccer makes the game of soccer a
better experience for children. More touches on the ball, more opportunities to
make decisions, more actual play. Energetic workouts due to playing both
attacking and defensive roles. While learning both offense and defense, a player
will become more complete and will understand more readily the roles and
importance of teammates.
Excepts from US YOUTH SOCCER website