After years of trying to educate parents and parent coaches of the reasons and benefits of small sided soccer games I have come to a certain conclusion. The number one reason why parents will not understand or buy into the small sided soccer game development philosophy is because of their self serving likes and interests. They DO NOT like it, they DO NOT think that is proper soccer and therefore they will not approve it or support it. In their minds soccer is 11v11 on a full size field. Even when the players are too small and not strong enough to run and kick in those big size, made for adult fields, parents still want to see their kids playing in them. Another opinion of mine is that most American born parents, although they claim they understand the game and some have coached for years at the youth level, they have never experienced or understand the beauty of the sport. They do not see beauty in players playing from the back, getting out of trouble by passing and moving rather than just kicking the ball up field. They do not see the beauty in a 1v1 battle that leads into a give and go or a through pass or even a pass back only for that player to read the game move along with the play and get the ball back only to have a great finishing shot that leads into a quality goal. Or how about two teams passing and moving and trying to solve on field situations and constantly battling defensively but not able to penetrate each other's goal. Parents forget that when little children play in the back yard, or street or school playground, they usually play in small groups. No rules, no grown ups just play.
"Kids football is all about the individual loving the game: dribbling and shooting, playing games and scoring goals, experimenting and copying. It is very simple and lots of fun.
Adult football is all about the team and results. It is physical, tactical, complicated and very serious.”
Tom Statham – Manchester United Academy
“Liverpool practiced small-sided games every day and it was high-intensity stuff. We used to do a very light warm-up, jog around the field a couple of times to loosen the limbs, do a few stretches, put the cones down for goals and then go into five-a-side or eight-a-side.
It was the same every single day. There was no tactical work, none whatsoever. All the strategic stuff was done within the small sided games. Liverpool believed that everything we faced in five-a-sides would be encountered again on match day. That was why the five-a-sides were so competitive. Liverpool’s training characterized Liverpool’s play – uncomplicated but devastatingly effective.”
“Practicing on smaller fields, Liverpool were always going to play a short-passing game. We only trained with small goals so there was little long-range shooting. We passed the ball until we got close enough to score. The philosophy centered on passing, making angles and one-touch football.”
At the end of the day it's all about the payer - it's a player's game
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SMALL SIDED GAMES - Let the game be the teacher By PAUL COOPER