Recreation Program

UpdatedFriday April 15, 2016 byMYS.





Individual Skill’s Development Program


We are implementing the Philosophy of the soccer world.


To foster a continued love of the game. A learning experience through fun activities and age appropriate tactical training. To be come well rounded soccer players at every level.

Reason for Small sided play


1. Because we want our young players to have more individual teaching time with the

coach! Fewer players on the field will guarantee this.

2. Because we want to distance our young soccer players from the external undo

pressures of the adult game.

3. Because we want our young soccer players to enjoy the game for its own sake.


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 players to make more quality decisions during the game(tactical development)

3. Because we want our players to be more physically efficent in the field space in which they are playing ( reduced field size)

4. Because we want our players to have more involved playing time in the game! (more opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents)

5. Because we want our players to have more opportunities to play both sides of the ball (more exposure to attacking and defending situations)

6. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to score goals and make saves (excitement)

Children love to learn

1. They learn a great deal more when the ratio of teacher (coach) to student (player) is


2. With small numbers and the simple nature of the game, the best teacher is the game itself.

3. With fewer players on the field, each player gets more touches of the ball and has greater

opportunity to change location in a fastflowing, fluid game.

4. Playing smallsided allows players to make simpler decisions and develop an earlier,

better understanding of organization of play.

5. Smaller fields mean more players are directly involved in play, creating increased levels

of both concentration and interest.

6. The reduced field size encourages more shots on goal by all players, therefore more goals


Residual benefits

Parents are introduced to the game in smaller, more understandable doses.

1. Smallsided soccer is a great place to train new referees.

2. The rest of the world is playing shortsided, and we are part of the soccer world.


Games Revealed As Best Soccer Teacher...

Parents fight hard for small classrooms. They know that fewer students mean a better learning


Parents also know their children can't tackle calculus unless they've taken years of "real math":

addition, subtraction, fractions.

Yet some of those same parents resist smallsided soccer. "It's not 'real soccer,'" they say of

3v3, 5v5 or 7v7 games, with small goals.

Of course it is. The best players all over the planet as well as many who play simply for fun grew

up playing smallsided. They understand that fullsided (11v11)soccer is really just a series of small contests smallsided soccer on a bigger field.


Stages of Player Development

All ages can play “small sided Games” but has a definite developmental impact on our

younger soccer players. This has to do with the stages of development that all children

go through.

As children progress through these stages, their intellect grow, they mature physically

and they get emotionally stronger. For example:

PEE WEE ( U6 players are very, very little people. They are very egocentric.

The ball represents a toy that belongs to them… they don’t share well. They love to run

and jump and roll around. They have wonderful imaginations! It’s about PLAY it’s about


UNDER 8 (U8 players) are still little people but are maturing and have better

balance and agility. They begin to experience success technically and will share the ball

a bit with a teammate or teammates. Numbers on the field must be small so that they

can have the ball a lot. This allows them to practice their newly learned skills in an

uncluttered environment. They begin to enjoy playing soccer!

UNDER 10 (U10 players) can play the game and enjoy the game. They need

time and the appropriate environment to continue their technical development and begin

simple tactical development ( simple combinations with their teammates). Fewer players

on the field provide ample opportunity to make quality decisions more often, reinforcing

the tactical basics, so to speak. They enjoy being part of a team because it’s a FUN environment.

UNDER 12 (U12 players participate in and enjoy the game because their

intellect and technical ability allows for more mature play. Midfield play is introduced at

this age due to their increased intellect and improved vision of the field,. Training

becomes economical in nature, merging the technical, tactical, physical and

psychological components of the game.


Effective Playing Time Relative to Game Format and Roster Size

See Documents Tab

Ages of Soccer Growth

Ages 4 to 9

Ages 10-14

Ages 15 to 23

Ages 24 to 35

Mostly technical repetitions, psychologically friendly and positive, simple combinations, decision making activities. Individual basic skills with an emphasis on keeping ball possession. Lots of balance and coordination exercises.

More combinations on offense and defense. Many decision making environments. Psychologically positive with correction. Advanced competitive skills against match opponents. Tactically work on the roles of attack and defense and the basic principles of play. Exercises should focus on endurance, flexibility and speed.

Tactical application of ball skills. Intense fitness training now becomes a part of the training routine. Much of the focus of training is now on group and team tactics. Fitness training with an emphasis on speed, flexibility, strength and stamina.

Soccer is now either a recreational activity or a job. Consequently training will reflect this reality.





Matches of 3- to 6-a-side. No leagues or standings! No tournaments – festivals instead. Many fun and competitive games.

Matches of 8- to 11-a-side. Selection (try-outs) should not begin until the U13 age group. Less emphasis on the match results and more emphasis on players’ performances.

11-a-side matches with a strong emphasis on combination play. Matches should be used as a learning opportunity to execute new tactical concepts and team formations.

Play to win!


Terms for the field

Center Circle – a circular marking with a 10yard radius in the “center” of the field from which

kickoffs are taken to start or restart the game. Purpose: Simply a reference line for the referee

and defenders. Defenders must be as least 10 yards away from the ball prior to start or restart.

Center Line – See Midfield line.

Center Spot – The “center” of the center circle from which kickoffs are taken to start or restart

the game. Not too complicated!

Corner Arc – an arc or quartercircle with a radius of 1 yard located at each of the 4 corners of

the soccer field. Purpose: Also a reference line, the ball must be kicked from inside this arc on a

corner kick.

Corner Flag – the flag located at each of the 4 corners of the soccer field, inside the corner area.

Corner kick – a direct free kick that is awarded when the defending team puts the ball over the

end line. A corner kick is taken by the offensive team from next to the corner flag.

End Line – the boundary line extending from corner to corner along its width at each end.

Field – the rectangular area where soccer matches are played.

Goal Area – the rectangular area (20 x 6 yd. on a fullsize soccer field) marked within the

penalty area (or inside the larger rectangle) and directly in front of goal. Purpose: Marks the area

from which all goal kicks must be taken.

Goal Box – commoner’s term for the goal area or sometimes the penalty area.

Goal Line – same as the end line.

Midfield Line – a line in the center of the field that divides the field in half along its width and

runs parallel to the goals. Purpose: Used for start and restart as well as for calling offside. A

player cannot be offside on their half of the field. Also called the center line.

Penalty area – The larger rectangle (18 x 44 yd. on a full size field) in front of the goal that

includes the goal area. Purpose: Marks both where the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball

with his hands AND the area where harsh fouls committed by the defending team result in

penalty kicks.

Penalty Arc – The arc at the top of the penalty area. Purpose: Designates how far back all

players must be away from the ball while a penalty kick is being taken.

Penalty Mark (or Spot) – the mark from which penalty kicks are taken. It is 12 yards from the

goal line.

Pitch – Another word for the field.

Sideline – common word for the touchline.

Touchline – the line that runs along the length of each side of the field. Commonly called the

sideline in other sports.