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What is Small Sided Football? - Dad tips on kids soccer, soccer drills, soccer gear, a-league, FIFA world cup, Socceroos

What is small sided football (Soccer)?  It is basically a modified version of soccer designed for young kids, Your kids won’t start playing grown up soccer until they reach the age of 11 or 12 years of age. Theses are the benefits of SSF

  1. The small teams means that you kid gets to touch the ball more often, score more goals and more participation
  2. The smaller ball and field is proportional to the kids size and ability
  3. Young kids are harder to handle in a team sport so the “small” side makes it easier for the coach/parents
  4. The 5 and 6 year old won’t understand the nuances of each position, as your kids get older these concepts will be introduced and explained.
  5. The emphasis is fun and participation – the perfect opportunity to find the “Love of the Game”




So what are the particulars ?

Playing Format Under 6 & 7 Under 8 & 9 Under 10 & 11
Numbers 4 v 4 7 v 7 9 v 9
Field Size Length: 30m
Width: 20m
¼ Full Size Pitch
Length: 40m – 50m
Width: 30m – 40m
½ Full Size Pitch
Length: 60m – 70m
Width: 40m – 50m
Field Markings Markers or line markings Markers or line markings Markers or line markings
Penalty Area Nil 5m depth x 12m width 5m depth x 12m width
Goal Size Width: 1.5m – 2.0m
Height: 0.9m x 1.0m
Width: 2.5m – 3.0m
Height: 1.8m – 2.0m
Width: 4.5m – 5.0m
Height: 1.8m – 2.0m
Ball Size Size 3 Size 3 Size 4
Playing Time 2 x 15 minutes or2 x 20 Minutes 2 x 20 minutes 2 x 25 minutes
Half time Break 5 Minutes 5 Minutes 5 Minutes
Referee Game Leader Instructing Referee Instructing Referee
Point’s Table& Finals No No No


So how did SSF come about?

Almost all soccer playing nations have a SSF-type curriculum – nations such as Brazil Futsal,  England (England Mini Soccer), The Netherlands ( Dutch Vision on Youth Soccer). The SSF is part of a bigger roadmap for the soccer curriculum in Australia and is platform to built young players on.

In fact one of Sean’s coaches (a Brazilian player) did not play Outdoor Soccer with a full team until he was 14 years of age (hard to believe isn’t it). He was not allowed to advance to outdoor soccer until he mastered futsal ( a version of indoor soccer), he had to earn the right to play “soccer” – hmm,  it make you think doesn’t it





Small Sided Football Resources

Official Website – http://www.smallsidedfootball.com.au/

now the http://www.miniroos.com.au/


Handbook – http://www.smallsidedfootball.com.au/pdfs/2012/handbook.pdf



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