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ALL U12 WILL BE SMALL SIDED IN FALL 2015
As previously communicated in May of of last year, The NCSA Board has approved and will implement the 8v8 format for U12 effective Fall 2015. There w... more
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Small-Sided: Key to More Technical Players
By Don Norton Jr.
Reprinted from Soccer America's Youth Soccer Insider
April 24, 2015

“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 pitches, Liverpool was 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 [soccer].”

-- John Barnes, Former Liverpool and English national team star.

A colleague of mine recently surveyed U-11 coaches that play 8 v. 8 in a travel league. The league is considering having those teams continue to play 8 v. 8 as U-12s.Comments such as the following were noted:

“No one plays small sided soccer.” ... "Real" soccer teams play 11v11.” ... “Small-sided soccer favors slowe... more
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