The Benefits of Small-Sided Soccer
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This week's Hey Coach Quick Tip is to utilize the power of small-sided (or short-sided) games. AYSO recommends that all children under the age of 12 play small-sided soccer - soccer with less than 11 players per team - during their regular season games. Small-sided soccer is also a great way to train older players. If you coach U-14 and up, consider incorporating small-sided scrimmages into your practices.

The video above shows the U.S. Women's National team playing a small-sided game during practice in Glagsow, Scotland, for the 2012 Olympics. Playing small-sided is a great way to get players to improve their touch on the ball, learn to communicate and get valuable shots on goal.

Share this video with your team to get them excited about Olympic soccer!