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Small-Sided Games (USSF Guidelines)

As an AYSO platinum region that abides by the US Soccer Federation Player Development Initiatives (PDI's), we stand as a leader in youth soccer throughout the country.  We believe this is what is best for the players and their soccer development.

AYSO pioneered the introduction of small-sided games to our membership in 1988! Today, global research validates the need to create age-appropriate playing and training environments aligned with the child’s physiological and developmental needs. Afterall, they are not mini-adults.  Almost every national soccer program from Brazil and Spain to England and the United States as well as the largest professional clubs, including Barcelona, Manchester United and Juventus, promote small-sided matches as the best tool to develop young players. This is formally confirmed in the recent U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives.

Benefits of Small-Sided Games

  • Small-sided matches encourage young players to be engaged in the game at all times. Every child has to participate in all facets of the game--they learn to attack and defend. This leads to player development.

  • They have more touches on the ball, which helps players build confidence on the ball.

  • It allows for more opportunities for goals and success and excitement for the young players.

  • The game is easier to understand - there are no positions, and the players have freedom of expression and decision making.

  • It also allows for coaches to spend more time with each player – helping them develop their individual skills. 

  • The ball is in play far more.  Active participation is related to enjoyment of the game, better fitness, increased confidence and increased player retention.

  • It's fun!

Ladera Ranch AYSO is proud to continue to be at the forefront of youth soccer development by following US Soccer Federation Program Development Initiatives.

Division  Formation
 5u-8u  4v4
 10u  7v7
 12u  9v9
 14u-19u  11v11

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Rec League Divisions
 BirthYearDate of Birth MY2018
2018/2019
20141/1/201412/31/20145U
20131/1/201312/31/20136U
20121/1/201212/31/20127U
20111/1/201112/31/20118U
20101/1/201012/31/201010U
20091/1/200912/31/200910U
20081/1/200812/31/200812U
20071/1/200712/31/200712U
20061/1/200612/31/200614U
20051/1/2005 12/31/200514U
20041/1/200412/31/200416U
20031/1/200312/31/200316U
20021/1/200212/31/200219U
20011/1/200112/31/200119U
20001/1/200012/31/200019U

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Ladera Ranch Soccer - AYSO Region 1455

P.O. Box 4169 
Mission Viejo, California 92690

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