Why Small-Sided Games?

What does "Small-Sided Games" mean?

These are soccer games with fewer players competing on the field. These are fun games that involve the players more because fewer players are sharing one ball.
 
All ages can play "Small Sided Games", but it has a definite developmental impact on younger soccer players
 
Reasons why as soccer coaches, administrators and parents we need to encourage small-sided games:
 
1. Because we want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and
become more skillful with it! (Individual technical development)
 
2. Because we want our young soccer players to make more, less-complicated
decisions during the game! (Tactical development)
 
3. Because we want our young soccer players to be more physically efficient in the field
space they are playing in!
 
4. Because we want our young soccer players to have more individual teaching time
with the coach! Less players on the field and less players on the team will guarantee this!
 
5. Because we want our young soccer players to have more, involved playing time in
the game! (More opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents)
 
6. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunity to play on
both sides of the ball! (More exposure to attacking and defending situations)
 
7. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to score
goals! (Pure excitement)
 
The "Small-Sided" environment is a developmentally appropriate environment that focuses
on the young soccer player and it’s FUN.
 
It just makes sense doesn’t it?

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