The trend in U.S. Soccer over the past couple of
years has been to go to Small Sided Games (SSG) for
youth soccer. Clubs in Europe have adopted this style
of play many years ago and the results have been very
favorable in respect to individual players skills
The Louisiana Soccer Association (LSA) has adopted
this format a few years ago and has gradually phased
it in. The St. Charles Soccer Board of Directors have
taken the position of agreeing with all of the benefits
of this format and have adopted SSG's. Last year we
implemented SSG into our U7 league and will go to
this format this year in our U8, U10 & U13 leagues.
This new format puts a lot of stress on the few volunteers
we have working in our club. Some problems that we
are experiencing now include: creating smaller fields,
installing new smaller goals, and an increased need
for referees. The most important problem SSG's has
put on us has been the need for more volunteer coaches.
The SSG format puts fewer players on the field thus
roster sizes must be reduced to allow more playing
time for all.
All of our REC+ teams, U11 and under, must play
the SSG format in order to compete against other clubs
within the LSA. Next year the U12 teams will go to
the SSG format.
Change is always a difficult thing to accept, but
if the outcome creates a better soccer player then
the change, and the pain that goes along with it,
will be worth it. Please read the material posted
on our web site for a more detailed explanation of
the benefits of SSG's.
Below are links and documents for all information
about the St. Charles Parish Small Sided Games:
Charles Small Sided Games U6 to U12
Small Side Games
Small Sided Games - Modified Rules and Regulations
Rules U5 - U6
Rules U7 - U8
Rules U9 - U10
Sided Games Questions