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U8: 4v4 Player Development Philosophy and Standards of Play



In accordance with the United States Soccer Federation mandate, MASA is adopting the 4v4 standard of play for u8 beginning this season (Fall 2017)

Below is info regarding player development philosophy and rules and standards of play for 4v4

More info can be found at the following links:
http://usclubsoccer.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/U.S.-Soccer-PDI-Feb-2017.pdf
http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/coaches/SmallSidedGames/



4v4 Player Development Philosophy

1. Because we want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become more skillful with it! The focus moves away from the team and onto the individual player (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.


4v4 Rules and Standards of Play

  • Size 3 ball
  • 4v4 (no goalkeepers)
  • Shin guards are required
  • Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any time
  • 4 quarters
  • No more than 10 minute quarters
  • 5 minute breaks between quarters
  • Playing times can be less than 10 minutes when managed by the coaches and parents
  • Kick offs, free kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks and corner kicks are used to start or restart play
  • Kick-ins and/or dribble-ins are also acceptable
  • Goal kicks and corner kicks should be taken in the general vicinity of the respective goal or corner
  • If used, all free kicks are indirect
  • Opponents should be 10 feet away from the ball on all restarts
  • No penalty kicks
  • No offside
  • Registered and certified referees are not needed (and will not be used) at this level
  • Since there is no referee, coaches are expected to manage the game environment from the touchline using these standards of play and their best judgement
  • Together, coaches and parents are expected to create and promote a fun and safe environment for the players