Information and Links to Small Sided Games
- Here are
a few questions taken from
- Question :
Our kids are happy playing 8v8 at U8 now. Why upset the
GARY ALLEN, Assistant Director of Virginia Youth
Soccer, USSF National Coaching Staff.
- kids are happy playing in the mud, but that does not
mean that they would not be much happier playing in the
sand at the beach if they knew it existed and were given
the chance to do so. The issue really has nothing to do
with upsetting the kids' apple cart, and that really is
the problem. It is the adults' apple cart that is
threatened. No, it is more like the adults' orange cart,
because the argument mixes apples and oranges.
- Adults have developed an organized system of leagues
and tournaments, and created all kinds of periphery,
based primarily on convenience and profit. It has
nothing to do with development. In essence, the
organization of leagues and tournaments have procedural
ramifications, but have nothing to do with the
substantive issue of development, other than that
maintaining the status quo and hindering development.
- There are virtually no substantive arguments against
smaller sided play for these ages. There is no expert in
the game from any country that does not extol the value
of smaller sided play for development. The "kids being
happy" point is a red herring. Kids from all over the
globe play pick-up games in their neighborhoods in much
smaller numbers and in much smaller spaces. It is the
game itself, not the numbers that make kids happy.
- Question :
Who says that small-sided play is better and how do they
TIM SCHULZ, Director of Coaching, Colorado Rush
Soccer Club, Region IV Boys Head Coach.
- We have been playing the following progression in
the Colorado Rush organization for approximately 10
years: U-5 and U-6, 3v3; U-7 and U-8, 4v4; U-9 and U-10,
8v8. The results speak for themselves. Our club's
enrollment grew from 1,800 to 5,800. We have Olympic
Players, National Players and Professional Players that
developed in our system. We have won 10 national
Championships in the last four years. We have people who
grew up through the club system who are now coaches
volunteering to give back to the game.
- WE HAVE HAD A BOARD OF DIRECTORS THAT IS VERY
PROGRESSIVE IN THEIR THINKING AND NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE
LOGISTICAL OBSTACLES TO GETTING IT DONE.