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Age Group and Small-Sided Games Mandate from U.S. Soccer
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FRISCO, Texas (August 24, 2015) — Next year, the world of youth soccer will continue its evolution as all members of U.S. Soccer will begin to transition on two key factors to encourage further youth development. The first change will be the nationwide adoption of Small-Sided Games and the second will be a shift from school-year to calendar year for the age grouping of teams.
“With these initiatives, we’re more likely to have players better prepared down the road,” said Tab Ramos, U.S. Youth Technical Director and U-20 Men’s National Team head coach. “With small-sided standards, what we’re trying to do is to help players develop by putting them in an environment where they are constantly involved in the play, and our changes in birth-year registration will make age groups easier to understand, while aligning our calendar with the international calendar.”
US Youth Soccer, the largest member of U.S. Soccer, will assist members with information on these changes through the national office and our 55 member State Associations.
US Youth Soccer director of coaching education and long-time advocate of Small-Sided Games, Sam Snow acknowledged, “Since the mid 1980’s US Youth Soccer has been an advocate for Small-Sided Games. Why? The many benefits to the players and even to novice coaches are clear. With fewer players on the field making quick tactical decisions is easier. Players are in the vicinity of the ball more often which engages them in all four components of the game. The players are realistically exposed to the principles of play frequently. In short, Small-Sided Games will accelerate the development of American soccer players.” Continue reading
Congratulations once again to Virginia Rush’s Clay Smith for being named the “Man of the Match” and on being interviewed post-match for his achievement in the Generation Adidas Ajax Select match against Dordrecht. The Generation Adidas team won the match 3-0.
“Being able to train with the AJAX coaches and getting to play against some of the top clubs in the Netherlands, was a chance of a lifetime. It taught me how to become a better player, physically and mentally on and off the pitch. I want to thank Rush and Generation Adidas International for this amazing opportunity. GO RUSH!”
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Congratulations to Virginia Rush’s Clay Smith for this acceptance in the Generation Adidas Ajax Select Program. We will post updates on his trip in the VAR News Section as we receive them! Rush Proud!
Information on the Generation Adidas Ajax Select Program: Continue reading