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Mark Barnard Posted - 02/08/2010 : 10:52:31
I brought up a discussion to the board level of GSYSL about the potential of rolling U-10 into the EDP program. These teams play 6v6 in a non-competitive division of GSYSL and it is still considered developmental. With the idea of player development, it would be my reccomendation that all U-10 teams, like all other EDP teams, play a period of 4v4 prior to playing 2 halves of 6v6. This would be the only change seen by the move. Any changes would take place in the Fall of 2010.

I am asking for input on this prior to bringing a motion to the board of directors. We are looking for your suggestions and how you feel this change would help improve soccer in NH.

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Admin Posted - 03/06/2010 : 08:53:53
Why Small-Sided Games?
US Youth Soccer has thought long and hard about the answer to the question, "Why Small-Sided Games?"
What does "Small-Sided Games" mean? These are soccer games with fewer players competing on a smaller sized field. These are fun games that involve the players more because fewer players are sharing one ball.
All ages can play "Small Sided Games", but it has a definite developmental impact on our younger soccer players. US Youth Soccer recommendations for "number of players" at the various age groups are as follows:
U6 | 3 against 3 no goal keepers
U8 | 4 against 4 no goal keepers
U10 | 6 against 6 with goal keepers
U12 | 8 against 8 with goal keepers
U13+ | 11 against 11 with goal keepers

Here are some of the reasons why we believe, as soccer coaches, administrators and parents must guarantee that our young soccer players play small-sided games:
1. Because we want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become more skillful with it! (Individual technical development)

2. Because we want our young soccer players to make more, less-complicated decisions during the game! (Tactical development)

3. Because we want our young soccer players to be more physically efficient in the field space they are playing in! (Reduced field size)

4. Because we want our young soccer players to have more individual teaching time with the coach! Less players on the field and less players on the team will guarantee this! (Need to feel worthy and need to feel important)

5. Because we want our young soccer players to have more, involved playing time in the game! (More opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents)

6. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunity to play on both sides of the ball! (More exposure to attacking and defending situations)

7. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to score goals! (Pure excitement)

These are the reasons why we adults must foster "Small-Sided Games" in our youth soccer programs. The "Small-Sided" environment is a developmentally appropriate environment for our young soccer players. Itís a FUN environment that focuses on the young soccer player.

It just makes sense doesnít it?

More player development. Teach and learn the game.
n/a Posted - 02/08/2010 : 16:54:09
GSYSL all ready has a U10 - 6 division without standings.
How would the EDP programme differ from what is currently offered?
Would it still be split as girls and boys, or coed?
GSYSL will only offer U12 8v8 in the Fall, so from what I am seeing, players would not see full sided games until u13 - middle school. If this is the case, I would be against seeing this change.

See ya at the pitch,


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