NO SWEEPER/KEEPER FOR U7 & U8 LEAGUES
In our 4v4 leagues, we ask the coaches to strongly consider not using a "sweeper-keeper" that stays in front of their goal most of the game. This is not healthy for player development and is not consistent with the spirit of small sided soccer, which is intended to have all players around the action and involved in the game
This does not mean that you cannot have a player focused on defense; however, coach the player who is in the defensive role to be in the same 2/3 of the field as the ball in play. For example, if the ball is on the opposing team's half of the field, the defender should be closer to the midline than to their own goal.
Do not request our referees to enforce this or expect them to manage this. We are asking you, the coach, to ensure that players are being positioned properly on the field. If you see coaches not following this guideline, please do not escalate the issue. We should all work hard and train our players. It is okay to get scored on at these young ages!
Let's work together to improve the quality of our games and ensure development of all players. We don't need to focus on wins and losses but we do need to develop and do what we can to make the game fun.
Broken Arrow Soccer Club