This stage of the BC Soccer Player Pathway introduces players to disciplined training and begins to develop their understanding of principles of play alongside their skills practice. Repetitions are important to develop technical proficiency, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still paramount to stimulate learning and promote a love of the game. Game formats can range from 6v6 to 8v8 as players advance through this stage, and again a simple league schedule can be created, but no standings should be kept – the emphasis is still FUN. All players play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeping.

Program Details

Date: The program will begin in September, and wrap up with a House Year End Tournament the first weekend in March. There will be a winter break from mid December to the second weekend of January. 

Games: Boys play games on Saturdays and Girls play on Sundays. Games are two 2 x 25 minutes halves with a 5 minute half time break.

Practices: One session during the week set by the coach.

Uniforms: New players receive a complete uniform of a home & away jersey, shorts and socks to keep and are required to wear the uniform at every game. The uniform must be returned if a player withdraws. Players will keep the kit until they outgrow it, or wish to purchase a new one. Players will be assigned numbers that they will keep each year. 

Equipment: Players require a water bottle, shin guards and cleats for outside games, and running shoes for indoor practices.