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 play.)
Positive key components of soccer become more visible in small-sided soccer play. These areas of growth and mental development are outlined below.
§ 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 playing in!
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 score goals!
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