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Soccer Principles

Small sided games are the preferred method of training by professional players. All research into how young people learn about the sport, confirms that the well being of the child and the good sport of the game, are served best by the use of modified games and a sensible approach to competition.
 
Appropriate sizes of goalposts, ball, and playing field, allied to simple rules and tactics, allow for improved development within the game.
 
Too often, the focus within children's soccer has been the result of the game and the winning of the tournament , cup, or medal. An ethic which promotes fun and learning and measures success in terms of enjoyment as well as the fostering of skill development, is more likely to interest and motivate a young player and enhance his/her progress.
 
Small sided games offer children an exciting challenge, enhances development and helps promote the sport of SOCCER!

Skills Development
Fewer players and smaller fields lead to more touches and greater skill development.

More Activity
The ball is more often in the vicinity of the players, which leads to greater involvement and improved fitness levels.

All Involved
Nobody can improve from the sidelines.  Today's child star seldom becomes Tomorrow's Star.  Let them ALL play.

Less Categorization of Player
Youngsters are learning about the game.  They do not have a best position.  Allow them to try different positions.

Less Tactical Regimentation
Small sided games are simple.  Rules are kept to a minimum.  Children should be encouraged to play.

Success
Winning should not be over emphasized.  Success at this age should be determined by the fun gained through participation.

Interest
Many children can lose interest and concentration in an eleven a side game because the ball is too far away.  Keep it small.

Decision Making
Because of the reduced numbers and pitch size, decision making for the children is easier.  Game situations are also repeated regularly - attacking and defending.  This leads to a quicker understanding of the game.

Easy to Organize
Strikers' fields allow large numbers of youngsters to play at one time.

Developing Awareness
Children are not young adults.  The game must be tailored to meet their needs.  Small sided games help them develop a better awareness of the full game at their own pace.

Code of Conduct

Children should be encouraged to:
  • Display fair play and sportsmanship at all times
  • Shake hands with the opposition after the game
  • Play to the best of their ability


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