D-7 Recreation Resolution Resolving
October 8, 2014 DISTRICT VII MEETING (REPORTS)
RECREATION: Karl hands-out the following to initiate discussing standardizing the game in 2015, for the younger age groups, throughout District-7.
BELGIUM – Eleven (11) million people who comprise its population…All over Belgium these days, boys and girls grow up playing soccer the same way. Every school, youth academy, and village team plays the same formation — 4-3-3, with classic, dribbling wingers — and follows the same progression up to the 11-on-a-side game. Kids under the age of 7 play 2-on-2; under-9s play 5-on-5; under-11s play 8-on-8. They never use more than half the field. It is only when they’re 12 years old that boys and girls are finally introduced to a full-size pitch and the idea of a long pass.
Researchers at the University of Leuven to analyze 1,600 hours of footage of young boys playing 11-on-11 to figure out how often they actually touched the ball (an average of four touches per player every 20 minutes)
Belgium’s master plan, called G-A-G —Global-Analytique-Global in French, or Globaal-Analytisch-Globaal in Dutch. The idea was to fuse the best of French soccer — its emphasis on physical power and tactical efficiency, hence “Analytique” — with the dreamy technique of the Dutch (“Global”), and invent a new kind of exciting, attacking soccer (“Global” again).
John (Hodgson) added that USSF is looking to mandate small sided games for U-6 through U-12; U-6 (4X4); U-8 (5X5), etc. and no heading for U-14 and under.
Respectfully submitted, Gladys Olsen, Secretary
November 12, 2014 District VII MEETING (REPORTS)
RECREATION: Karl submitted a written report along with Modified Laws of the Game for U-6, U-8 and U-10. Some of this report goes back to the 1980s. (See Editor’s Note –below) He asked the leagues to (again) think about this for 2015. He highly recommended the use of spectator lines. Without these lines, spectators are usually stepping into the field to see better. Respectfully submitted, Gladys Olsen, Secretary
December 11, 2014
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati,
National team coach Jurgen Klinsmann…
Gulati and Klinsmann both expressed concerns about the state of soccer for young players -- Rec soccer if you will -- limiting the chances of an environment ever being created for players to thrive and become stars. That included such issues as playing rules, competition and costs.
Said Gulati, "The notion of 9-year-olds, 10-year-olds, 11-year-old playing 11-a-side soccer, where if they stood on each other's shoulders they could not reach the crossbar, is nonsense." He said changes U.S. Soccer recommended a few years ago will become mandatory over the next few years.
"We want to push the envelope," said Klinsmann in support of the need to shake up youth soccer.
"I think this is very crucial for the development of the kids to challenge them with more contact, more touches and faster-decision making, just to be a lot more alert on the field," he said of small-sided games. "All of the pieces are really crucial in the long run. They might not pay off until 2018, but hopefully they pay off in the next 10-15 years and make a huge difference."
"The learning curve for the little ones is highest between 8 and 13," said Klinsmann. "We know that, all the other countries know that, so the further down we go and can have influence on coaches, with education for parents and the kids, the more we'll see coming through."
Learn what FUNdamental SOCCER recommended and copyrighted 35 years ago by clicking on:
U-6 - Modified Laws U-8 – Modified Laws U-10 – Modified Laws
We expect that U.S. Soccer will make some Modifications to these Laws but hope that Small-Sided Games will be made mandatory throughout the U.S.A. in 2015.