Data on the benefits of small-sided games

According to a study conducted by Manchester United, playing 4v4 instead of 8v8 yielded:

135% more passes
260% more scoring attempts
500% more goals scored
225% more 1v1 encounters
280% more dribbling skills

European youth soccer has been doing smaller-sided games up to U12/U14 for a long time. U.S. Soccer is now finally implementing the same (click here to see my earlier post on this topic).

Click here to download the ManU study.

[Thank you Peter for bringing this data to my attention.]

Author: James

Lifelong player and student of the beautiful game in Germany, England, and USA. Volunteer futsal coach and USSF referee.

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