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7 aside to 9 aside?

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Hi all,

I heard recently from a high ranking FA Official at a tournament in which my team i coach(U10's) that within the next few seasons, the jump from 7 aside to 11 aside will be shortened to 7 aside to 9 aside.

If so, then it will mean 3 quarters of the full size pitch will be used, matches will be 25/30 min halves and the goal sizes will be reduced.

I will be interested to hear your views on this.

Thanks.
 
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They should do it like they do in Spain and play small 5 a side pitches, it improves touch and control, i.e iniesta.
 
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have to say i've played 5 a side loads recently, and i've noticed an improvement in an 11 a side game
 
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great idea in theory but arent they increasing the age in which kids can play 'competetive' leagues to the under 10 levels
so this would mean that there will be a delay in gettin to 11 a side and reduce the potential number of players coming through
 
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i play u15 level nothing really wrong with 11 a side cant really understand why they would want to change it tbh
 
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in holland they play small sided games
and they use a smaller sized ball
all this helps develop good technique
 
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