Small-sided games are a useful tool for competitive games and for coaching. The U.S. Youth Soccer prescribes an "age-appropriate" team size, based on the premise that small-sided games increase individual participation and maximize touches for the players. In Spain, the Spanish national youth development puts an emphasis on 7v7 up to U13.

Small-sided games in coaching are a great way to let the game be a teacher. One can create numerous scenarios to support any topic through small-sided games. At FC Cologne youth development practices focus heavily on small-sided 1v1 through 3v3 games as way to create particular situations, maximize touches and ensure fun competitive participation for all players.

U.S. Youth Soccer Small-Sided Games Resources

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