Our Soccer Development Program is for players aged 5-13 years old who wish to continue to play soccer in January and February. The program will consist of a technical skills based practice every Friday followed by small-sided games on Sunday afternoons.
Benefits of small-sided games:
Small-sided games are extremely beneficial for youth soccer players. Anecdotal evidence and research studies show that youngsters derive greater pleasure from playing soccer in smaller teams and with adapted rules. As well as getting involved in the game more often, players learn more quickly and take more decisions during the course of a game. And as the ball is never far away, greater concentration is required on their part.
This all means that they gain a better understanding of the game than they would in playing on bigger fields. The fact there are less players on the field and on each team also means that they receive more attention and have more chances to score goals, which is what children play the game for. Players are exposed to more attack and defense situations, increasing their enjoyment and the pace at which they learn.
The key principles can all be taught playing small-sided games. Although played on a smaller field the levels energy expended due to continuous involvement, quick movements and sharp changes in direction mean small-sided games are also excellent for improved balance, agility and conditioning.
To sum up, young players touch the ball a lot more often in small-sided games. They play more passes and find themselves in more one-on-one situations. The repetition of situations in which they have to make decisions helps them to learn and view the game positively. Active participation also increases their enjoyment, making it easier for them to understand the game and, above all, giving them the freedom to express themselves on the ball.
Practice Dates & Times:
Game Day Dates & Times:
Each practice and game day the coaching staff will divide the players into groups of 8-12 children based on age and gender (ability can be a factor too). They will work with one or two coaches each practice and game day. Ordinarily the players will be in very similar, if not the same, coaching groups every Friday and Sunday. If players request to be in the same coaching group as friends or siblings we will accommodate wherever possible.
Costs & Registration:
$100. To register please visit www.scottsdalesoccer.com
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If you have any questions please email Recreational Technical Director, Neil Graham firstname.lastname@example.org