A small field with lines puts players constantly under pressure from other players and out-of-play boundaries. Players must learn to settle the ball rapidly, cut sharply, shield effectively, pass quickly, and move into space.
Five a side places a greater premium on ball control. There is no reward for errant passes because the other team gets the ball. There is no reward for errant shots because the other team gets the ball. There is no incentive to “kick and run” because the field is too small and packed with players. Players with the ball must use proper technique to maintain control and must seek out other players in space. Players without the ball must move to “real” space and must truly support their teammates.
In Five a side, the emphasis is clearly on control and technique. Without control and technique you cannot expect to succeed in soccer. And, if US players are to be more successful in the international arena, it is clear that we must better train and prepare our youth on proper technique.
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