Players

Active Start

(U4-U6 Co-Ed)  

Active Start

Soccer contributes to the well-being of children by engaging them in the sport while teaching them basic movements. At this introductory level, the objective is to get moving and to keep active.

  • Physical – Provide the environment for learning proper fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, twisting, kicking, throwing and catching.
  • Technical – The player and the ball: Running with the ball, dribbling, controlling, kicking and shooting.
  • Tactical – None.
  • Mental – Fun, fascination, and passion for play.
  • Game Structure:
  • No competitive games – adult and child play together informally.

Recommended training times:

30 to 45 minutes. Generally on one weekend day of the week..

Season Length:

4 to 16 weeks Winter/Spring/Summer, outdoor.

U6-U7-U8 Co-Ed

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At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches and teachers should create a stimulating learning environment where the atmosphere is “Freedom and Fun.”

  • Physical – Develop the ABCs of movement: agility, balance, co-ordination and speed, as well as running, jumping, twisting, kicking, throwing and catching.

  • Technical – Movement exercises/games designed to promote a feel for the ball: gaining ball control in receiving passes, dribbling, passing less than 25m, kicking the ball forward, and shooting on goal.

  • Tactical – Small children are egocentric – playing the ball is the most important objective. However, they now need to be introduced to co-operation between players. They gain understanding of the game through playing situations.

  • Mental – Basic awareness of environment to build game intelligence and decision making.

Recommended training times: 30 to 45 minutes. Normally on one weekend day of the week.

Season Length: 12 to 20 weeks Winter/Spring/Summer, outdoor.

Recommendations:

No league standings – jamboree format – emphasis is on FUN.

Players and game formats are organized to support the basic playing experiences.

All players play equal time and try all team positions, including goal keeping.

Equal time should be allotted to practice and games.

Jamboree

The objective of the program is to provide young players and their parents with a "pressure free" introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer. At this age, players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice, and a minimal time commitment.

A jamboree means that teams are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend a given session. Each player may be required to have a parent working with them on the field. A coach will lead each session. The coach will introduce the game/activity that will focus on a specific skill. Each player/parent will then practice the activity. Each Jamboree session will have 2 - 3 activities and will end with a 20 minute game.

U9-U18 Boys & Girls

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U9 – U12 MINI SOCCER

House League soccer is tiered for players at U9 - U12:  the teams are split into two tiers for gameplay, with the idea that players are placed in the tier which best suits their ability and confidence level. All tiering decisions are made on feedback from the previous season's coach, and the technical team of coaches assess all players in this group in the first few games to ensure that everyone is in an appropriate team.  U9 and U10 players play together, and U11 and U12 players play together on Super 8 fields.  The mixing of ages helps to ensure sufficient numbers of teams in each tier, and encourages development.

The emphasis at these ages is still on fun soccer, but games become more structured and closer to the rules of FIFA soccer as played by the professionals. Field sizes grow as players get older, and by the end of their U12 year, our players should be ready to play 11 v 11 on a full sized field.

Games at this level have referees, and in the older group, assistant referees. Offside is introduced in U11/12, and games are 7 v 7 at U9/10 and 8 v 8 at U11/12

U13 – U18 DIVISIONAL SOCCER

Divisional soccer is open to all players who turn 13 in the current calendar year and above, up to a maximum of 18 years old. Divisional play is for all registered players,with the exception of players chosen for Select teams.

Divisional play is 11 v 11 on full sized fields, played to the official FIFA/IFAB Laws of the Game, with the exception of the law on substitutions– in youth soccer, unlimited substitutions are permitted.

Within Divisional Soccer, age groups may be combined, depending on player numbers. Normally, SCYSA runs U13/14 and U15-18 divisions.

Scores are recorded, and teams play for a League Championship; points are awarded according to FIFA regulations to determine Champions for each league.

Player Code of Conduct

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In negotiating the world of youth soccer, it is helpful to the players, the coach and the parents/guardians to understand what is expected of them. A player code of conduct helps establish the rules.

  • Arrive on time. Players should arrive, at a minimum, 10 minutes before practice and 30 minutes before games. Tardiness or absence without notification or good cause may result in reduced playing time.

  • Dress appropriately. The proper equipment should be worn, along with sufficient clothing in cold weather. A water bottle should also be brought, no matter what the weather.

  • Have a good meal. Players should make sure they are properly fed and hydrated for both practices and games.
  • Leave jewelry at home. Players may not wear any kind of jewelry except for a Medic Alert bracelet which should be fastened to the wrist with padded material. Sports holders are available for these.

  • Check glasses and mouth guards. Sports glasses or contacts are recommended for those who require glasses. Mouth guards are used according to the advice of a dentist or orthodontist.

  • Tie back your hair. Long hair should not be loose. In general, hair should not be in the face.

  • Show respect. Players must respect coaches and officials and exhibit good sportsmanship to all others involved in the game.

  • Offer to help. Younger players should expect that parents/guardians will assist them in following the code of conduct. Verbalize your intention to help.

  • Be responsible for yourself. Older players should fill their own water bottles, carry their own bags, and be dressed and ready to go on time.

  • Parents, start them early. Help players to follow the code without your help, right from the start.

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