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Small-Sided Games Chart: Small-Sided Soccer Rules for Ages U6 to U12

Are you coaching a team of young soccer players? Small-sided games are a fantastic way to help kids and teens develop their tactical and ball-handling skills during training sessions and get them game-ready. Discover the advantages of small-sided soccer games and use our handy small-sided soccer rules chart to adapt these useful exercises to your age group.

Benefits of Small-Sided Games for Players' Skill Development
With small-sided football rules, the field size, goal size, team size, and playing time are all reduced to give each player a more active role in the game and allow them to focus on developing a specific skill. There are an infinite number of variations on small-sided soccer rules games to help players focus on the following:
  • Attacking
  • Defending
  • Passing
  • Shooting
  • Transitioning
  • Decision-making
  • Problem-solving
  • Learning the different positions
The reduced nature of the game gives each player more touches on the ball and more opportunities to shoot. This in turn requires greater concentration and quicker decision-making, and gets them moving.

Adjustments for Each Age Group
In the chart, you will find the small-sided soccer rules specifications for each age group from U6's to U12's. You will notice that the playing field, ball, and goal size are the same for children aged 6 - 8, 9 - 10, and 11 - 12-as are the regulations regarding goalkeepers and use of the offside rule.

Source Your Small-Sided Game Equipment from Fold-A-Goal
Find all the equipment needed to play small-sided games at Fold-A-Goal. Our Fold-A-Goal Game Soccer Ball comes in size 3 (for players aged 6 - 8), size 4 (for players aged 9 - 12), and size 5 (for older players). The lightweight and portable practice soccer goal comes in the small 4' x 6' size for U6's to U8's, with the 3-piece aluminum goals being available in the 6.5' x 18.5' and 7' x 21' sizes for ages 9 - 10 and 11 - 12, respectively.

Our quality soccer equipment is made right here in America and we can deliver direct to the field. Call us at (800) 542 4625 to order today!