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Playing Guidelines

CSA Playing Guidelines

     

 Ages Teams Guidelines CSA Ball  Goals Size
 u5/u6  3v3 no gk
 4 x 8 min quarters
 15 x 25
 size 3
32" x 48"
 u7/u8  4v4 no gk
 4 x 12 min quarters
 20 x 35
 size 3
42'' x 72''
 u9/u10  7v7 w/gk
 2 x 25 min halves
 40 x 60
 size 4
6' x 12'
 u11/u12  7v7 w/gk
 2 x 30 min halves
 50 x 80
 size 4
 6' x 18' 
 u13 - u15
 11v11 w/gk
 2 x 35 min halves
 depends  size 5
 8'x24'
 u16 +
 11v11 w/gk
 2 x 40 min halves
 depends  size 5
 8'x24'

For more details on each age group click age for PDF from USYS or link below for older age groups and adults.

   

  

Laws of the Game

  

From US Youth Soccer...

  

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:

  

  

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. It’s a FUN environment that focuses on the young soccer player.

 

It just makes sense doesn’t it?

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