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DDSL small sided game changes

A SUB-COMITTEE was set up with the aim to discuss changes for the SSG to encourage development and increase skills for players.

The following changes will take place with immediate effect, ie. from September 2013 all small-sided games will adhere to the following:

Under 8 (born in 2006) and Under 9 (born in 2005): Children should play in relevant age group. Aim is to bring these age groups into a more soccer friendly and non-competition environment. Focus is on ensuring players get to play more and encourage managers to become more skilful. We need to educate parents on how their behaviour affects children playing/learning. "Don't cross the line" roping of all pitches is to be encouraged in all clubs.

Under 8 & 9: Play 5-a-side (5x5)

- Team of 10 to make up two games.

- Play in Regionalised events.

- League to set fixtures every week.

- Teams to play across the current small-sided pitch, enabling 2 games to take place at the same time i.e. if a team arrives with 10 players, then 2 x 5 a side matches can play, if a team arrives with 9 players, then a 5-a-side on one pitch with 4-a-side on other pitch.

- Goals to be turned on back – making goal smaller OR use 5-a-side goals.

- Each game to be 3 x 10 mins with 2 mins interval between each session.

- No Refs / Non-Competition; No match cards, no results, no league tables.

- Play for fun but learn foot-skill.

- Pitch roped off.

- Size 3 ball to be used.

- All players must play.

- All groups will be renamed to colours rather than grading of A, A1, B etc.

- Each group will be made up of 10/12 teams so no moving at Christmas.

- No playing on Bank Holiday weekends.

- If teams missing players they can still travel with 8/9 players (play 2 x 4 a side).

- Pitch dimensions: play across the current ssg pitch then two matches can take place at the same time.

Under 10: No change as with current playing system.

- Play 7-a-side.

- League to set fixtures every week.

- For the coming season this will be competition football as they are coming out of playing u9s (competitive).

- Official referees to be appointed by League – €15.00 (unless FAI alter fee).

- Play 20 mins each way.

- All players must play.

- Size 4 ball to be used.

- Play in 6 team divisions until Christmas and re-grade after Christmas for League.

- Pitch dimensions: 70 yards L x 50 W.

Under 11: Play 7-a- side.

- League to set fixtures every week.

- Official referees to be appointed by League – €15.00. (unless FAI alter fee).

- Play 20 mins each way/All players play.

- Size 4 ball to be used.

- Play in 6 team divisions until Christmas and re-grade after Christmas for league.

- Pitch dimensions: 70 yards L x 50 W.

Under 12: Play 9-a-side on Saturday ONLY (for this year as teams played for top 5 sat & top 5 Sun from the U11).

- Play on 11-a-side pitch from 18 yard line to 18 yard line (different colour paint can be used to mark out the pitch lines).

- Use same 11-a-side sidelines.

- Play 30 mins e/w. All players must play.

- Official referees to be appointed by league – €24.00. (unless FAI alter fee).

- Small-sided goals. No Offside.

- Play in 10 team divisions to streamline the transition into u13 next season.

- Next season (2014/2015) both Sat, Sun and top 5 from each A division get premier in 13.


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