Why 3v3 games?

Rosedale Soccer is following the Canada Soccer Long-Term Player Development pathway.  For younger kids, this model recommends more focus on developing general physical skills (which is why the practice time is just as, if not more, important than game time). For games, a 3v3 model is recommended because:

With fewer players on the field, each player has more opportunities to touch the ball, using and improving their soccer skills. Small-sided games can develop player’s decision-making, technical attributes, tactical knowledge and physical conditioning through functional movements. Small-sided soccer is FUN and allows more opportunities to score. Scoring can increase self-esteem, character development and team chemistry!

Here are some of the benefits of playing 3v3:

o   More touches on the ball

o   Increased number of game related decision-making opportunities

o   Constant transition from attacking to defensive situations

o   Increased 1 vs. 1 encounters in both attacking and defending situations

o   Increased opportunities to utilize specific ball skills

o   Increased opportunity to be in a goal scoring position

o   Increased opportunities to be in a 2 vs. 1 attacking and defending situation

I understand that it may be hard to get kids to sit out for awhile but, done correctly, it’s also a great learning opportunity for the children. Coaches should establish a “watching zone” (a 4 pylon box) where players who are resting are to sit and watch their teammates (as opposed to going to hangout with mom or dad). This is a great way to teach kids about being part of a team, even when they aren’t on the field.