Small sided games are the main component of Onside training sessions. Small sided games allow players to practice their skills in a realistic environment but with the advantage of having much more involvement than they would get in a regular game. Players get more touches of the ball, learn more quickly and also make more decisions than they would in a regular 11 v 11 game. Studies have also shown that young players find small sided games more enjoyable, plus there is the added bonus of more goalscoring opportunities.
There are different schools of thought on this area but Onside mainly uses the 4 v 4 model through all age groups, although at times we may add more players, depending on the number of children at the training session..