Posted on June 6, 2019
Under the age of 12, Soccer Canada’s Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) model is built around small-sided games. A large body of research has demonstrated the benefits of this approach for players’ skills and confidence. However, little was known about the affects for goalies – until now. A new study has shown that goalies have more opportunities to perform both offensive and defensive actions in 5-a-side soccer, which contributes to their engagement and development on the field.