M3 Mid-Missouri Micro

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Tentative game dates – March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 28, May 12, rain date May 18th (Saturday), May 25th (Saturday) and also May 26th. Teams will play 2 games a day whenever possible, for a total of 8 games.



M3 will be using the CALENDAR YEAR FORMAT in all divisions for this 2018-19 season. To calculate age: 2019 minus birth year = age for 2018-19 seasons.

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With the support of the US Soccer Federation, the M3 will create, develop, and foster the growth of players, and community soccer programs throughout Central Missouri including  Ashland, Boonville, Columbia, Jefferson City, Marshall,  Mexico, Moberly, Osage Beach, Sedalia, and surrounding areas by creating fast-paced 3v3 and 5-A-Side games that are open to clubs,  or teams.

“[Small-sided soccer] confronts the player with constant decision-making. When you receive the ball, you are faced with dozens of options. Your brain acts like a computer: it realizes it has been faced with this situation before and tries to come up with the right answer – the right pass or right shot. In [small-sided] games, you are faced with many of these situations, and that is why you improve so much when you play.”

-Arsene Wenger (Arsenal manager)

How do I find out more?

Contact us and ask to be part of our emails with the latest news on the M3. If you are a club or team interested in being part of this new and challenging endeavor again contact us now for more information!

So what exactly is micro soccer?

Well, the objective is the same as the traditional game to score goals. These are games with fewer players competing on a smaller sized field. These are fun games that involve the players more because fewer players are sharing one ball. In 11v11 a u10 player gets 22 touches in 60 minutes. In 5-a-side he gets 205 in 48 minutes. To a young kid more time on the ball is more fun and at the same time they develop the tools they need to become a better footballer and reach their potential.

Where did micro soccer come from?

Streets, neighborhoods, playgrounds: it is pickup soccer, formalized. In organized form, it has taken the United Kingdom by storm and is quickly making inroads into the U.S. As far as small-sided games, soccer nations such as the United Kingdom (1 world cup), Holland (3 finalist), Germany (3 world cups + 4 finalist) , France (1 world cup + 1 finalist) , Brazil  ( 5 world cups + 2 finalist), Argentina (2 world cups + 2 finalist), and Italy (4 world cups + 2 finalist) have long incorporated small sided games into their youth development programs and professional training because of the strong benefit to player development and player creativity. The United States Soccer Federation has also recently begun to aggressively endorsing the use of small sided games into youth leagues and training.

How is micro soccer beneficial to experienced players?

It makes it difficult for players to “hide” in small sided soccer, all players must attack and defend in order for their team to succeed (mobility).

More space + fewer numbers = less bunching. Enhanced tactical awareness (positioning). The game is less complicated and easier to understand.

It’s all about touches, opportunities and creativity with the ball. Below is the data compared with 8v8. Imagine the numbers for 11v11.

Passes: +135% or 585 more passes in small sided games
Shots Taken: +260% or 481 more shots in  small sided games
Goals Scored: +500% or 301 more goals in  small sided games
1v1’s: +225% or 525 more 1v1’s in small sided games

What if I have never played soccer before or have limited experience?

Small sided soccer is an excellent entry into the sport as these are games with fewer players competing on a smaller sized field. These are fun games that involve the players more because fewer players are sharing one ball. The game is the teacher and it is also a great way to rekindle that competitive spirit or spend time with your friends.

More experience in all phases of the game. There is no hiding or a dominant player hogging the ball.  Every player has to participate in all facets of the game, attack and defend.  The emphasis is on PLAYER DEVELOPMENT.

What is the cost and what do you get?

For roughly eighty dollars a player you get a season consisting of 8 games with a ton of quality touches. You get great refs and standings are kept. First, second, and third place teams in each bracket will medal. Plus all kids receive a rad M3 tee.

What is the bottom line? 

Do not be taken in by those misguided rascals who constantly inform you that the only way young players will get better is by competing against the “best players” in highly stressful, competitive, tournament situations. It may surprise and even dismay many parents who invest vast amounts of time, money and emotional energy on the tournament circuit, but many young soccer players who attained elite status were not immersed in this type of frenzied environment when they were young kids. Moreover, it is clearly evident from the research carried out in 2012 by Dr Paul Ford (from Liverpool John Moores University) and his associates that the elite soccer players highlighted in their study did not have coaches repeatedly barking instructions, directing play, pointing or subjecting them to long-winded speeches during their early soccer experiences. Young players should not be subjected to this treatment! Instead, they deserve ample amounts of time engaged in small-sided activity where they receive the chance to work things out, be creative, and augment their perceptual-cognitive abilities in conjunction with crucial technical skills. Don’t forget that research has PROVEN this approach to be a far more effective path for player development and enjoyment in spite of what the conventional thinkers out there will tell you!