Here in South Texas we are behind the times when it comes to player development. Our policies with our asociations are lagging and it is effecting player growth. Lets hope that leaders are helping to make change for the better.
South Texas Youth Soccer Association and local associations have given the option to play either 8v8 or 11v11 soccer for under 11 youth players. To give the option on short notice is confusing and conflicting for all involved. Associations and “Leadership ” are meant to make decisions not put them on their constituents. We need our leadership to listen to the player development experts asap. Under 11 soccer players need to be playing in small areas with an emphasis on the ball and not on endurance.
The player that plays 8v8 as opposed to 11v 11 will be the better soccer player after a year and will be nurturing the elements of the game that will lead to long term development.
Now every soccer expert in the world endorses small sided soccer.
U.S. Soccer and it’s coaching education director Bob Jenkins endorses it. The Dallas Cup has starting next year dropped 11 a side soccer for U11’s at the urging of foreign teams and in the name of player development.
Why are we behind the times in South Texas? Why can’t we make a decision.
Maryland State Youth Soccer Association has adopted the policy of 8v 8 play after their April 18, 2007 meeting.
Teams will have a maximum size of 14 on the roster.
Many complain about the lack of technical players being produced . This is clearly the answer.
It is time for us in South Texas to start supporting our players in the correct way with the right player development decisions.
Stop making decisions for political gain, extend some olive branches, be leaders and producers for the sport , not consumers.
Get the decisions that are obvious when it comes to player development done. There are no excuses here.
After all as I hear many say “It is for the kids.” It is time for us to prove it.