Soccer Sixes Program (ages 10-18)

Our Soccer Sixes Program is for players aged 10 - 18 years old who wish to play soccer in the spring of 2017.  The program will consist of a weekly practice every Wednesday and small-sided (6 v 6) games on Sunday afternoons.  Soccer Sixes will run from March 15 – Apr 30, 2017.


Objective:

  • The primary focus of our Soccer Sixes Program is on improving foot-skills, technique and basic tactical awareness in a positive and fun format. 
  • Players are introduced to professional training allowing them to experience the environment of competitive club soccer without the associated travel and expense.
  • All practices and games are run by professional coaches who are nationally licensed specialists in youth soccer.
  • Soccer Sixes caters for players of all levels and abilities.


Format:

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 Wednesday and Sunday.  If players request to be in the same coaching group as friends or siblings we will gladly accommodate wherever possible.


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 of 11v11 soccer (such as width, depth, balance, penetration) 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 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 Days:
Wednesdays, either 5pm – 6.30pm or 6.30pm – 8pm at Thunderbird Park on the following dates:
15-Mar, 22-Mar, 29-Mar, 5-Apr, 12-Apr, 19-Apr, 26-Apr.

Game Days:
Sundays, 1pm or 2.15pm, Thunderbird Park on the following dates:
19-Mar, 26-Mar, 2-Apr, 9-Apr, 23-Apr, 30-Apr.
*note: no games on Easter Sunday (16-Apr)


Cost & Registration:
$115. To register please visit www.scottsdalesoccer.com  & click on Recreational, then click on Soccer Sixes Program.

Click HERE to get started with online registration. 

If you have any questions please email Recreational Technical Director, Neil Graham, neil@scottsdalesoccer.com

 

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