Our Ethos

ORGANISATION, SQUAD AND MONITORING

ALL Mini-Soccer ages should be classed as 1 squad, and not individual teams. This is so groups don’t become fragmented. The only split will happen on MATCH DAY.

Players can play 1 year above their age group, but only in exceptional circumstances or if a team is not placed at their age.

A Head Coach will be in place to ensure these rules are applied. (Where possible).

During the Summer, age groups should train together as much as possible. During this time the Managers and Head Coach will get together to form teams for the following year. (Target should be between 50% – 100%).

Parents and players need to be made aware that players may move towards teams. This should be in writing and handed out during the team meeting held by the club for each team each year. If a player is being moved this should be told face to face to the parents and the player.

All parents need to attend an annual TEAM MEETING which will go through the FA’s RESPECT CAMPAIGN. It will also go through the CODES OF CONDUCT, the CLUBS ETHOS and direct them to who to contact within the club if they have any questions or concerns.

If any group have too many players for 1 team, then players are rotated until there are enough for a new team which will then be formed. New players are recommended to train for at least 1 month to assess which team would best aid their development.

It may be that new players are not integrated into the league teams until after Christmas to give coaches and players time to adapt and calculate how to either set up a new team or create a new playing rota.

TRAINING

Age groups should train together on a regular basis (25% – 50% minimum).

Coaches need to work with all players and not just the ones in their league team.

A main subject needs to be followed for 4-6 weeks to enable players to gain stronger understanding, don’t just react to what happened in the last game.

Training is to develop the players skills and decision making while having fun, it is NOT to teach them tactics.

Team Managers and Coaches are there to supervise and organise fun sessions.

At the end of the session there is a team talk with players and parents, where praise is given to players and information given to parents.

MATCH DAYS

PLAYING TIME

All players should have equal time on the pitch during matches.

A rota should be drawn up so each player has the opportunity to start and finish games. There may be occassions when this can’t happen, due to poor attendance or poor attitude, this should be only after the Manager has spoken with the parent and player.

In a 40 minute game, players should play at least 20 minutes, although it would be preferred that less players were taken each week to allow them to play more minutes. IE 5v5 games, only 7 players would be taken so they could play 30 minutes, instead of taking 9 players and only be able to play 20 minutes.

ROTATION OF PLAYING POSITIONS

Players will be encouraged to play in a variety of positions (Using a Rota would be seen as a best practice).

Players should know at the start of the game where and when they will be playing.

Exceptions may be the goalkeeper (Although teams are encouraged to have more than 1 player who will go in goal)

TOUCHLINE BEHAVIOUR

The Codes of Conduct for both Managers and Supporters needs to be followed.

Only positive encouragement should come from the touchline, with no direction coming from anyone other than the Managers who should be known to the players before the game.

Direction should be by a series of occassional questions to enable the player to discover the answer.

Coaching staff or parents should not be patrolling the touchline shouting instructions UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

Players should be encouraged to try their best and learn from their mistakes.

Warm ups should be small sided games to allow players to work on decision making (especially for the mini soccer teams).

Each team is to have a Welfare Marshall, their role will be to pay the ref and ensure that all supporters adhere to league and club rules. If they have any concerns they will inform the Manager who will deal with the situation.

EXCEPTIONS

We understand that each age group is unique so there may be some slight differences from the above. In that case all parents need to agree to those alterations and be happy with them. If an agreement can not be arrived at then the club committee will make the overriding decision.

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