Divided into a boys and girls leagues, this is an introductory program for children that introduces them to the basics of soccer. Each child is placed on a team that practices each week with volunteer parent coaches. Supplemental professional clinics are available. Games are played each Saturday at the Middle Road fields. U6 soccer is to get children familiar with dribbling and shooting the ball. Games played typically have four players from each team on the field. There is no goalkeeper.
U7/U8 Boys and Girls Leagues
This age group remains an introductory program. The program still focuses on introducing players to the basics of soccer but adds new elements such as more formalized rules enforced by referees. Each child is placed on a team that practices each week with a volunteer coach. Supplemental professional clincis are available. Games are played each Saturday during the season at The Middle Road Soccer Complex. U7 and U8 becomes more developmental for both player skills and general understanding of the game. Games played typically have four players from each team on the field. U8 games add a fifth player who is the goalkeeper.
U9/U10 Boys and Girls Leagues
U9 soccer becomes more formalized as teams travel to neighboring communities such as Hampton, North Hills and others to play games. U9 soccer plays five players on the field and a goal keeper (6v6). This small sided formula on a small field provides for lots of opportunity for players to become familiar with the game's demands for offense and defense. It also adds new rules for play such as off-sides. All ball handling is called in accordance to the regular FIFA rules of soccer. Throw-ins are scrutinized and called if done improperly. As with younger age groups, each child is placed on a team that practices each week with a volunteer coach. Supplemental professional clinics are available and encouraged for players. Games are played each Saturday during the season at either one of the club's fields or at a field operated by another community soccer program.
U10 is a continuation of U9 in format with one change. Each spring season, the club selects U9 players through an extenseive assessment process to play on a Division 4 Sunday Travel team the following fall. These players are charged an additional fee to participate if they play Saturday recreation. The team and playing formats are the same. The teams practice each week before or after their usual recreaton team practices.
U11/U12 Boys and Girls Leagues
U11 play is on Sundays. Placement is determined by coach recommendtion and/or professional assessment. Each child is placed on a team that practices each week with a volunteer coach. The teams are managed and coached by volunteer parents. Games are at either one of the club's fields or at a field operated by another community soccer league who the teams play.
The format for these leagues expands to eight players on the field and a keeper. This introduces mid-fielders to a game that previously has only had attackers and defenders. This 8V8 format finishes the slow transition to the final game of 11v11 that starts at U13.
U13 and Older Boys and Girls Leagues
U13 maintains the same team formula as U11 and U12. The change in U13 is the expansion of the on field player count to 10 and a goalkeeper.
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