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Children often start playing soccer when they are 4 or 5 years old. Expecting 11 of them to play on a full size soccer field (over 100yds long), is unrealistic. Even if you make the field smaller, if you have 22 players on the field, especially at younger ages where they just chase the ball, there is a risk of injury. Plus there are not many chances for players to touch the ball, which is how they improve. Small sided rules are designed to maximize ball touches and eliminate laws of the game that are only appropriate to older players. Here is a list of reasons why the USYSA feels small-sided soccer is so important to youth player development:

1. Because we want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become more skillful with it! (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)