U5-U6 – Active Start
Mini Soccer is fully dedicated to providing soccer know-how in a gentle and nurturing environment for these players who are new to the game. At the same time, Mini Soccer is the beginning of their soccer adventure with appropriate age-of-readiness activities that allow the players to get comfortable with the ball at their feet, as well as learning new movement skills. In the Active Start component of the program, the players come for 2 sessions per week from the beginning of January to end of November each year.
U6-U9 – FUNdamentals
In the U6 to U9 age group (Stage 2: FUNdamentals), the program further focuses on movement activities and ball mastery while introducing basic tactical concepts. This centers around cooperation and helps these young players understand simple rules of the game (ie. restarts, etc). Basic passing and ball striking skills are introduced and improved through more structured activities and small-sided games. These games are primarily 5 v 5 and players train 2 times per week (with an additional session every second week for academy players from February to October).
U9-U12 – Learning to Train
In the U9 to U12 age group (Stage 3: Learning to Train), the soccer culture of these young players is growing steadily. Role models are very important and commitment to working on their technique/skills on their own becomes more apparent. As this is the “Golden Age of Learning”, continued focus on detailed technique (practice makes permanent) is paramount. Players are also beginning to see more of the field so further exposure to tactical situations can be absorbed more appropriately. Routines for warm up, cool down, and flexibility are also more established at these ages. Players train 2 times per week (with an additional session every second week for academy players from February to October).
Players at the U11-U12 age, who are “soccer ready”, will be accessed and invited to move into the Elite Youth Academy Stage 4: Training to Train. Trials will be held twice a year for players in Stage 3.