-Modified soccer will
develop players faster with more touches
-Opportunity for less complicated and better decisions.
-Less players, coach can see
the players clearer. -Offers Parent/coaches an
opportunity to grow in progressions also.
-Teaches kids that they can play 3V3 (street soccer)
soccer in the school yard or back yard.
-More exposure to defending and attacking principlesU-10
Goalies get more work. -No Refs- NO pressure Better
fitness training and players physically match field
Before you can run, you have to learn how to walk.
-Micro soccer offers natural
progressions up to full sized soccer
No score or standings kept till U-12.
Coaches attend appropriate coaching module.
tackling at younger levels.
Opposing teams shake hands
at the end of the game.
Spectators should be there to
enjoy and encourage.
Use "split field" model to
utilize space and resources.
Put kids in environment
where they play lots of games and get lots of touches on
the ball. Their skills will improve without them even
Have a practice plan for a lot of non
Game Day Strategy
More Fun !!
Promote teamwork, sportsmanship, and making new
Make sure to have oranges and drinks for
"When we have the ball, play as a team
and try to score. When the other team has the ball, stop
them from scoring."
Shake hands at the end of the
Bring lollipops and have your players pass
them out to the other team during "handshaking" and its
guaranteed both teams will forget who and how many goals
Micro Soccer Challenges
-The biggest challenge for
Micro Soccer is getting parents and coaches to buy into
the Micro Soccer philosophy. -For many years a lot of
at 6V6 and players progressed up to 11V11. So in many
parents eyes, playing 3v3 or 4v4 is a step back. -Soccer community is doing a
lot to try to educate everyone on the benefits of Micro
Soccer. Many of the major youth soccer organizations
have free pamphlets and brochures.
-More coaches are needed to
run a good micro soccer program. -This is actually an
opportunity. -Recruiting easier once
coaches realize smaller teams sizes and the coach
requirements are enthusiasm and willingness to learn. -A lot of Micro Soccer
programs promote parent involvement in training
sessions, eventually turn them into coaches.
-Last Challenge is goals. -If buying new goals is
difficult for soccer league US Youth Soccer recommends
using existing large goals. This will also make it
easier to score goals which will create excitement. If that isn't enough use cone
or corner flags. -Some clubs make the goals
from PVC pipe. -Many companies are
manufacturing inexpensive small sided goals.