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U11-U12 Traditional Format

U11-U12 Traditional Format
In this format, U11 players and above are assigned to a team and a coach for the duration of the season. Typically, there will be one training session a week with that team’s coach, and perhaps an assistant coach. Games are played on the weekend against other JUSA teams of matching age and gender, as well as with teams from the Carolina Recreation Alliance (CRA).

The U-12 player demonstrates a greater degree of analytical thought, which enhances tactical understanding. Still, their performance during match play may be inconsistent. Much of their training should consist of small-sided games with various playing or field conditions placed upon the players.

Teams at this age are usually separated by gender.   Roster size is 11 – 16; when possible we try to make the teams smaller to ensure more playing time for each player. If we do not have a sufficient number of teams then some games may require short travel to play teams in other parts of Johnston and southern Wake County. 

Games are played 9 v 9 (8 field players and 1 goalie), on a field size of about 80 yards x 55 yards, with goals 18 feet x 6 feet. Our focus is still on player development, sportsmanship, and teamwork. We continue with our introduction of healthy competition; however, scores and official standings are not kept. Each game will have non-partial paid referee crew. Teams will remain intact from Fall to Spring unless balancing needs to take place at the discretion of the Recreation Director.  

Small-sided Games

Small-Sided Games
JUSA follows the United States Youth Soccer Association’s recommendations for the use of small sided games (SSG) for U12 and below. The importance of this format of play in youth soccer development is evidenced in a study conducted by the German Football Association, in conjunction with Sports University of Cologne on 6-10 years old. Results of this study in their entirety can be viewed clicking here

Characteristics of Small-sided Games

More opportunities to play the ball. The fewer players on the field, the more possible times a player will come in contact with the ball. In fact, players will find they have no choice; the ball will quickly find them!

More opportunities to score. Many players in an 11v11 game are not inclined to seek the goal, because they are so far away or because of defensive restraints.

More opportunities to scheme. As we play we must constantly change and adapt to our surroundings. This challenge is the basis for tactics. How do we solve the puzzle?

More opportunities to coach. The small-sided game allows coaches a perfect opportunity to observe and analyze the individual and collective responses of players under quick game-like conditions. Are players comfortable with the ball? Are they confident in defense? How well do they adapt to the unexpect­ed? Do they recognize goal-scoring opportunities?

US Youth Soccer recommends small-sided games for U12 and below. More information about the importance of the small-sided game in youth soccer development can be found at

Carolina Recreation Alliance (CRA)

Carolina Recreation Alliance (CRA)
JUSA’s Recreation Soccer Program’s goal is to provide a healthy and safe environment for soccer play that is to emphasize FUN and de-emphasize winning at all costs. Our mission is to foster the growth and development of amateur youth soccer by establishing programs and activities that focus on the development, promotion, teaching, and administration of the game among youth in Johnston County, and to instill the ideals of excellent moral character and good sportsmanship. Integrated in this is the building of self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork, respect for self and others, and all the inherent benefits of physical exercise. Our stated goal will be to make it - " The Game for Kids."

JUSA participates with other local soccer clubs in playing our recreation U10-U17 Divisions.  The Carolina Recreation Alliance (CRA) promotes stronger relationships in the community and allows the teams from each club to play various games with some local travel instead of playing the same 2 or 3 teams over and over again.  Each club has similar philosophies on play and encouraging the children to have fun as stated in JUSA's mission.  The current CRA clubs are; GCAA, EWSA, SASL, TYSC, and MCAA.

Johnston United Soccer Association

439 Athletic Club Blvd 
Clayton, North Carolina 27527
Phone : 919-351-0650
Email : [email protected]
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