North Epping Rangers has a very successfull Minis program which is going from strength to strength each year. The past couple of years we have adopted the co-operative training for the under 6s and under 7s, whilst the under 8s and upward are coached as individual teams (usually by parents).
The Small sided game philosophy was introduced by the Gladesville Hornsby Football Association (GHFA) as a strategy to allow the children more exposure to the game play – and the kids definitely love it.
Small Side Games (SSG)
Under 6, 7,8’ & 9s play in non-competitive mini soccer which is designed to focus on participation, skills development, teamwork, friendship and enjoyment of the game rather than winning. The emphasis is on having fun! We play a format called Small Sided Games (SSG) with the primary benefit being the increased player enjoyment and skill levels, based on the ability to be more involved in the game and have more “touches” of the ball. Due to the success of SSG it has been further expanded to include 10’s and 11’s.
Summary of SSG
- Under 6’s will play 4 players vs 4 players on 30m x 20m playing fields
- Under 7’s will play 4 players vs 4 players on 30m x 20m playing fields
- Under 8s will play 7 vs 7 on a 50m x 35m field with a goalkeeper (grading for a top division)
- Under 9s will play 7 vs 7 on a 50m x 35m field with a goalkeeper (grading for a top division)
- Under 10’s and 11’s play 9 x 9 on a ¾ size field with goalkeeper. Full Soccer rules apply but no competition table
MINI soccer training in 2017
NER employ the services of a company called Kickstart to run our mini soccer training.
This will occur: Thursday afternoons commencing on 16th of March
Under 6s: 4:30pm – 5.30pm , Under 7s : 5:30pm – 6:30pm , Under 8s: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Please make a note in your diary, so you can move around your child’s swimming or music lessons to cater for this. Remember soccer is a team sport and children feel more inclusive in
their team if they train and play together.
We also request that you give consideration to volunteering assistance in the form of coaching or managing a team. We are not able to field teams without a coach and a manager. Neither of these jobs are difficult so please consider volunteering. In 2017 we have again employed the services of Kick Start training. This takes the onus off the individual team’s coach. Prior to and during the season, coaches will have access to various teaching and support resources from both inside and outside the club.
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For any further information please contact Mini Football Convenors:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 0414557277