Skills Institute Methodology
Skills Institute will conduct classes in areas as small as 40 x 60 feet to create a smaller surface area and environment that enhances the fundamentals of soccer. In smaller spaces, maintaining ball possession is essential and can only be done through proper pass and control. Therefore, an individual’s overall ball handling skills and off-the-ball movement enhance considerably by adaptation to such an environment. A players’ decision making skills improve automatically as one learns how to maintain possession and distribute the ball quickly. More shots are taken during the course of a game, which will enhance a player’s confidence, by taking on a defender and shooting quickly. A player does not have as much time or space to dribble with the ball. Small Sided Soccer helps to develop tremendous close-quarter footwork.
- 9+ (Recommendation Only)
Why Small Sided Soccer?
- Fun– Players enjoy the challenge of playing a fast paced skill oriented game that tests their abilities.
- Ball Touches – According to a FIFA report, in an average 40 minute Small Sided Soccer game like Futsal, a field player will touch the ball roughly every 29 seconds, or 80 touches. Comparatively a field player in a 90 minute outdoor game will only have 30-40 touches in over double the time.
- Ball Control – With Small Sided play, the emphasis is clearly on control and technique. With limited space, constant play, and pressure from opponents, improved ball control and retaining skills are forced.
- Speed of Play – With limited space and constant opponent pressure, players learn to play fast in order to be effective and not lose the ball.
- Continuity of Play – Action is continuous so players are forced to continue play in support of their teammates both offensively and defensively.
- Mandatory Teamwork – With only 4 players on the field per team, players will instinctively learn better spacing, passing and general tactics from playing small sided soccer. Players without the ball must move to space and must truly support their teammates.
- Framing the Goal – The age appropriate goal size is ideal for narrowing the angle so players learn to frame the goal in order to score.
Benefits of Small Sided Soccer?
Small Sided Soccer and Futsal has become the standard for indoor play worldwide. With the smaller playing field and reduced team size, each player has more involvement in the game and touches on the ball. Small Sided Soccer and Futsal require the same control and strategy needed on the full-size outdoor fields. Small Sided soccer sharpens both physical and mental skills which allow continual personal growth and development throughout the formative years.