All around the world there is a clamour for a return to “Street Football” and central to this debate is the place of small-sided games for the development of young football players.
The logic is inescapable, smaller sided games with less players and a smaller area will obviously mean more touches, more involvement and more goals for all the players.
Playing games instead of enduring the coaches endless drills will motivate and stimulate young players.
Much scientific research has gone into the topic of small-sided games all over the globe and right now, the spread of this phenomenon, while meeting much resistance, looks unstoppable.
That means that games must prevail during training, not lines (queues), lectures and laps (meaningless running around a field without a ball) which young players hate.
For more on small sided games see post Horst Wein recommends small sided games for grassroots football