We have a simple structure to try and make things run as smoothly as possible.
A typical small-sided team fits into the club structure as follows:
Each team has a volunteer manager and a coach, who are supported by an age manager, who in turn is helped by the small-sided game coordinator and club Secretary and committee.
We use this age-manager system for all teams from U6 through to U9.
As teams get bigger from U10 upwards, individual coaches’ and managers’ experience increases and they tend to take control within their teams, without the need for age managers.