Younger A team or older A team- Less playing time

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  1. SayWhat?!?!

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    Should a child consider playing up an age group on an A or B team to be challenged by the speed of play and probably develop more technically, or stay in the designated age group and be dominate there/not challenged?
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    Personally I think playing up is over-rated and is often more about the parents than the child (and I'm not pointing at you specifically, making a generalization). When I think back on all the players I know from my daughter's age, very very few of them played up yet they all went onto great things including the National team, Stanford, UCLA, Duke, Santa Clara,..the list goes on. Oddly, the ones I know who played up haven't achieved as much. They sort of fizzled out--I think it was harder for them to adjust when others started catching up. Let the kids have fun, be relaxed, and get a lot of playing time.

    You don't say how old your child is but you'll find that eventually everyone catches up. I know for a fact that if I had my daughter play up at a younger age it would have done absolutely zip for her by the time she became 16.

    All of that being said I do believe it helps girls develop if they are able to play against/with boys on occasion. I don't mean every single practice or game, but if the girls' coach can get his/her team to scrimmage (or inter-mix) with boys of the same age I think it is very beneficial to the girls. But, again, this would be something done maybe 2-3 x a month.

    Just my two cents.
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    Playing up seems to matter more in smaller cubs where really talented kids just don’t have competition in their own age group. Otherwise I agree it is really overrated. I also really agree with playing against boys. As the kids develop, it’s younger boys. And the boys still usually win. I don’t know enough about soccer or psychology to explain what is different in the boys game but if is much more challenging for the girls to play against than their own competitor and really seems to elevate their level of play.
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    Found this



    California Thorns 05 vs Force 07 boys game.

    I don't think girls usually play against their own age. If they do, the boys team is usually a couple of levels down.

    You see the best 05 girls in a given club competing against tiny but fast 07 boys. When you play against a faster competitor regularly, it will elevate your level of play. I think EQ GDA plays against boys regularly.

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