We don't exactly agree with your numbers. Can we modify them for our own needs?
Question 10:
We don't exactly agree with your numbers. Can we modify them for our own needs?
MIKE SMITH, Director of Recreation, Oregon Youth Soccer Association; Region IV Girls Head Regional Coach

Firstly, all the professional State Directors of Coaching across the country agree that this is the most developmentally appropriate playing system to develop young players, adding playing numbers in small increments (see below).

Please note that the recommendations promote the maximum number of players on the field at one time. It is okay for coaches to use smaller numbers for even more touches on the ball in practice and in-house recreation games.

With previous lack of direction from their states, however, many clubs have independently developed different playing formats. Today, with the increasing popularity and cosmopolitan nature of soccer, more and more recreational soccer clubs are offered the opportunity to play other communities, whether it be in friendly games, district leagues or Oregon Youth Soccer sponsored jamboree events. By offering developmentally appropriate guidelines, OYSA will hopefully get more coaches on the same page and tend to alleviate difficulties in inter-club play.


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