MBSL has thought long and hard about the answer to the question, “Why Small-Sided Games?”
What does “Small-Sided Games” mean? These are soccer games with fewer players competing on a smaller sized 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 our younger soccer players. US Youth Soccer recommendations for “number of players” at the various age groups are as follows:
U6 | 3 against 3 no goal keepers
U8 | 4 against 4 no goal keepers (mbsl uses goal keeper)
U10 | 6 against 6 with goal keepers (mbsl uses goalkeeper)
U12 | 8 against 8 with goal keepers (mbsl uses goalkeeper)
U13+ | 11 against 11 with goal keepers
These are the reasons why we adults must foster “Small-Sided Games” in our youth soccer programs. The “Small-Sided” environment is a developmentally appropriate environment for our young soccer players. It’s a FUN environment that focuses on the young soccer player.
It just makes sense doesn’t it?