AYSO Adult Soccer encourages everyone regardless of age, number of players on a team, or skill level, to get out and play! Get creative with how you play, whether it’s a game of 3v3, pick-up soccer, or futsal, AYSO Adult Soccer helps you get out, get fit, and have a good time with your community!
Here are some great examples of the type of soccer you can play within your community:
The best way to start a new program! Coordinate a time and place for everyone to show up, create teams and get them playing. It’s as easy as that! Your numbers will determine the format in which you will play. Do you have enough to play the full field? Keep in mind to have a few subs for those weary legs! If not, you may want to consider bringing in the goals to the top of the penalty box and cut the field down to a more manageable size.
A great way to play a fast paced, fun game of soccer. This game requires very little space and a minimum number of players to play. Typical field sizes are around 30 x 20 yards, but work with the space you have. No need to mark a field out, just put up small pop-up goals on either end of the box, throw out a ball and play!
6v6 & 7v7
This is an extremely popular way for adults to play soccer in a fun, recreational way. Playing 6v6 or 7v7 maximizes field space by playing across the width of a full sized field. If numbers permit, you can fit three of these width-orientated fields on one full-size field, allowing upwards of 40 people to play at any one time. Play short, 25 minute halves with a rest in-between. There are two variations of this game that you can play on this size of a field. If you have players who are willing to be goalkeepers, pull out the smaller 10U size goals and shoot away. Alternatively, you can play with small pop up goals, no goalkeepers, and play more of a passing, possession type game. Either one of these variations are great fun and hugely enjoyable for players of all skill levels!
Play the game in its purest form, full field, 11v11. Some things to be mindful of when playing this way:
- Make sure that you have enough subs to keep the game moving and fun for all
- Rotate substitutions often
- Switch out your player positions. Not everyone dreams of growing up to be a left full back. Let’s face it, everyone wants to score once in a while!
Indoor Soccer / Futsal
Futsal is FIFA’s only recognized form of indoor soccer. Think of it as a scaled-down version of outdoor soccer played indoors. Futsal is played with sideline and endline boundaries and without walls. Typically, the game is played with a smaller, heavier low bounce ball to keep the ball on the ground and encourage fast passing and high scoring. If you have access to any indoor space, a high school gymnasium, a basketball court, or even a tennis court, then you can play Futsal! Playing indoors is a great option for those dealing with extremes in weather and temperatures. Reach out to schools and local youth programs to see if they have available space at affordable prices.
These are just a few ideas to get you started!
For more information, please visit the AYSO Adult Soccer website.