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4v4 Festivals

About SJEB 4v4 Festivals
US Soccer has mandated 4v4 games for U7 and U8 age groups. SJEB Junior Academy will be running 4v4 festivals throughout the year for players no matter their club affiliation.

US Soccer has mandated NO referees during these games, NO pressure from parents or coaches, just a fun environment where players are encouraged to express themselves and be creative on the ball.

Our 4v4 games will be held at one of South Jerseys best facilities Total Turf Experience (Indoor Turf Field)

Fall Dates:
Oct. 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, Nov 2nd, 9th
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Total Turf Experience, 614 Lambs Rd, Pitman, NJ

Field Size: 35x28
Number of player: 4v4
Goalkeepers: No
Ball Size: 3
Offside: No
Cost: $5 per festival for non SJEB members.

Why small sided soccer.
The University of Manchester studied the Manchester United Youth Academy's 4v4 games and observed 135% more passes, 260% more scoring attempts, 500@ more goals scored, 225% more 1v1 encounters, and 280% more dribbling skills (tricks) in 5v5 games compared with 8v8 games.

  • It is the smallest number of players that still allows for three passing directions: forward, sideways and backward. This is important because soccer is a three-directional game.

  • It is the smallest number of players that gives us positional play: goalkeeper, backs, midfielders and forwards.

  • It keeps all players involved throughout the game by putting them under pressure for the entire game. There is nowhere to hide in 5 v. 5 play - the players are forced to be actively engaged the whole time.