NDSL keep U12s at 9v9.

Aug 09, 12 NDSL keep U12s at 9v9.

Great to hear that the NDSL are keeping with the 9v9 game for 2001’s, u12s for the coming season 2012-2013. This is a welcome step and probably the best bit of news I have heard all summer. NDSL I salute you for this forward thinking change.

“How absurd it is for adults to demand players as young as nine or 10 to play in an 11 v. 11 environment on a regulation pitch. While soccer for adults is played in an 11 v. 11 environment, the same setting is not the best for younger soccer players. That is why small-sided soccer is being used more frequently at the younger ages, and continues to play a vital role in soccer training for all ages. We must continue with the SSG games for the purpose of development. Soccer must be FUN for kids!”

So what does these mean and what are the benefits of small sided games?

  1. The players get to touch the  ball more often which will help improve their technique.
  2. The game is less complicated therefore the players make moreless-complicated decisions. 
  3. The players can adapt more to a pitch that is for their size they become more physically efficient on the pitch they’re playing on.
  4. Gives the coaches more individual teaching time. Less players on the field and less players on the team will guarantee this! More technical training as oppose to tactical in the 11v11.
  5. The SSG is less complicated giving players more involved playing time in the game! Much more opportunities to solve problems.
  6. Simpler decisions to make.
  7. Better game-related fitness, short duration of high-intensity.
  8. More opportunities for the full range of skills.
  9. Encourages faster play, more opportunity to attack and defend (more exposure to attacking and defending situations)
  10. More opportunities to score goals! (fun)
  11. More opportunities for keepers to safe them!
  12. Developmentally appropriate environment with less emphasis on winning.
  13. Players can’t ‘hide’ on the pitch.
  14. More playing time and participation.
  15. Easier for young players to have success – which means fun and retention for these players in the game.
  16. Passing distances are reduced.

Using small-sided games, players get more touches on the ball and more decisions are being made, with less players on the field. Everyone is always involved or at least they are much more involved then in a 11v11 game at the young ages.

Best of all, the game is simple, can be played without adult involvement and it’s still FUN! When used properly, small-sided soccer can give developing players the tools they need to become a better player and reach their potential.

“Small sided games are important because they allow opportunities (many repetitions) for technical development under competitive pressure, such that players are able to turn ‘technique’ into ‘skill.’  They also allow a player to experience tactical decision-making and implement the principles of attacking and defending in relatively clear situations and that learning will translate well to larger number situations in the 11 v. 11 game as players grow and develop.”

Smaller numbers is always better and going forward even keeping u11s at 7v7 would be something.

Note: Paul C thanks for updating me on this change. Declan thanks for clearing it up. 9V9 for another season, the kids will be delighted!


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