Kingston Youth Soccer: Why Small Sided Games?

Why Young Players Have Small Teams

Tom Goodman, the US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Education, veteran youth coach, and father of three, said that he thought long and hard about the question, "Why Small-Sided Games?" Here is his answer:
  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! (Reduced field size)

     

  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! (Need to feel worthy…need to feel important)

     

  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)