session will begin with the Master Coaches providing skill and drills
instructions to the coaches. Assistant coaches/Team parents will look
after the teams while volunteer parent coaches will be with the Master
coaches in the coaching area of the field.
We will then start
with introductions to the session, explaining a few key tools the
coaches need to use when working with their U5/6 teams.
coaches will have to make sure all parents who are watching the session
are outside the grid they are working as we don't need them in the
coaching zone. This is for obvious health and safety reasons and also so
the session can run effectively and smoothly with no interruptions.
will watch a brief demonstration of the drills we have arranged for the
week’s session. These sessions will be provided to the coaches earlier
in the week for familiarization. In this brief demonstration, one Master
Coach will be leading the drill and the other will be answering any
questions the coaches may have.
Having both Master Coaches in the
area maximizes the time coaches spend with their teams, and decrease
the time we are standing talking.
After the drills have been
demonstrated, the coaches will go back to their areas. Team volunteers
would have set up the team’s playing area. They will then explain the
drill to their players and conduct the session.
Coaches will walk around the teams and giving extra coaching points and
instructions to those who need it. We will also give progressions to
those teams who are excelling.
The scrimmage for each team is on
the game schedule page at our website. Match opponents and field
location are provided in the schedule. The scrimmage will be 3v3 with
substitution, the coaches decide on substitutes. One assistant coach can
take over roles as a referee.U5 Session times
8:30am – 8:50am: Warm-up and Skill Activities/Games
8:55am – 9:00am 5 min break, setup up for games
9:00am – 9:20am 20 min gamesRecommendations for Head and assistant coaches.
1) You are an entertainer
2) Remain enthusiastic
3) Research children’s TV so you are clued onto what the children relate to
4) When coaching, coach on the children’s level (sit down or kneel so you are at their eye level)
5) Remember they can do NOTHING wrong. Do not say what was wrong there?
6) Use coaching points which are in the PDF
7) Positive reinforcement CONSTANTLY. (For example..Well done Jake that was awesome)
A few recommendations that the coaches are advised to ask the parents adhere too:
1) Every child brings a ball
2) Every child brings water bottle
3) Every child wears soccer shoes and shin guards
4) No parents inside the coaching area
soon as the Master Coaches are ready and blow their whistle, the head
coaches from all teams will come to the coaching area. This is to be
All coaches are advised to review the drills prior to the Saturday so they have a brief understanding of what they are doing.
The following guidelines include the only elements of the
Laws of the Game that apply to the AYSO Short Sided Game Program for
The recommended field size for the U-5 games is 22.78 x 15 yards (68' 4" x 45') marked with lines or cones (see diagram in manual).
The goals in U-5 games should be a maximum of 4 feet high and 6 feet wide or 2 tall cones set 6 feet apart.
A size 3 ball is used for U-5 games.
Each U-5 team should have a maximum of 6 on the roster. Games are
played with 3 players per team on the field (3v3) and no goalkeepers.
Substitutions are made at quarters, halftime and for injuries. A
minimum of 2 quarters is required for each player and it is recommended
that no one play 4 quarters until everyone has played 3 quarters.
Separate boys and girls teams are recommended at all levels.
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks, are mandatory at all
practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar
type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated
shoes must be inspected for safety before use.
The Start of Play:
To start the first and second halves, and following each goal in all age
group games, play is started or restarted with a kick-off in the center
of the field. A coin toss is used to determine which team kicks off to
start the game and the other team kicks off to start the second half.
Following a goal, the team scored upon kicks off.
The kick-off is taken from the center of the field with each team in
their own half and the team not kicking off at least 5 yards from the
ball. Do not insist the opponent be a minimum of precisely 5 yards from
the ball as this is just a guide to give the kicker room to kick the
ball without it immediately hitting an opponent. Remember, let them
play and do not interfere for technicalities.
Ball In and Out of Play:
The ball is out of play in all age group games when it completely
crosses the touch line (side line) or goal line (end line) either on the
group or in the air. In U-5 games, the game supervisors for the week
will determine when the ball is out of play and should guide the
restart, interfering as little as possible. It is the player’s game,
let them play and work on technique later.
Method of Scoring:
A goal in all age group games is awarded when the ball completely
crosses the goal line into the goal. Goals should be enthusiastically
celebrated by everyone. In U-5 games, goals are not recorded to
determine who wins as everyone is a winner.
Fouls and Other Stoppages:
Deliberate fouling should be rare in U-5 games. Kicking, tripping,
handling the ball and dangerous play may occur. There should be few, if
any additional reasons to stop play in U-5 games. If a player is “not
playing well with others”, or if play must be stopped for any other
reason (injury, substitution, confusion, or to watch a passing train,
butterfly or frog), refocus the players and begin again with a free kick
or as may be appropriate. Award the restart to whichever team deserves
it. Stoppages must not become a lengthy ceremony.
Play may have to be stopped occasionally to “sort things out” in U-5
games. When this is necessary, correct the situation then restart with a
free kick for a deserving team. The opposing team should be at least 5
yards from the ball in U-5 games. All free kicks in U-5 games are
direct free kicks which means, if you’re lucky, a goal can be scored
directly from the kick without the ball having to be touched or played
by another player on the field (indirect kick).
No throw-in. coaches put ball back in play.