U5 - Players Born January 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
U6 - Players Born January 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2013
Gender specific play unless not enough players register, then genders will be mixed. Players must be registered in their respective age group, based on birth date.
Philosophy - "Me and My Ball"
To give players the opportunity to develop basic movement and ball mastery skills in a FUN setting, built around informal play and positive reinforcement.
At this 1st stage of development the emphasis is on
Physical Literacy - Building players body control and developing the ABCs (agility, balance, coordination & speed)
Ball Mastery - players develop an understanding on how to manipulate the ball. The ball is their friend!
FUN ACTIVITIES - Foster a love for the game.
Children at this age love to use their imagination when they play so games are designed with this in mind. There should aim to be no activities where players wait in lines to perform a pre-determined movement or required action.
Parent/Volunteer Coaches will be appointed for the season and will run the sessions each week, with assistance from the technical staff. Head coaches will receive a $100 credit towards their child's registration at the end of the season after equipment has been returned & upon submission of required team information and a valid Criminal Record Check to the SPDSA by the specified deadline. Only one head coach per team is eligible for the credit
A full season curriculum and individual session plans will be provided electronically for all coaches.
One weekly session will be led by a Master Coach from the SPDSA Technical Department. The other weekly session will be run by the volunteer coach (session plans will be provided)
Planting the seed of passion for soccer is the most important goal in this age group. All players must be active during activities and equal amounts of playing time given during fun games and 3 v 3 games.
The program is structured following the Canada Soccer and FIFA Preferred Training Model. In this approach, each training session is built around 4 activity station's that the players move through at regular intervals.
The 4 stations focus on, Fundamental Movement/Coordination, Soccer Technique, 1v1 games, and Small Sided Games. Addressing all 4 of these at each session will help develop well-rounded young players with a foundation in physical literacy, solid soccer skills and, ideally, an enduring love for the game.
Field Set Up
Two teams set their 20x30 yard fields up next to each other. They go through the first three activities then play the other team in the 3v3 game (1/2 the players from each team play on each field against ½ the players from the other team).
Each session is 60 minutes in length, with three activities of 10 minutes each (Fundamental Movement/Coordination, Soccer Technique, and 1v1 games) in 1 area of the field, followed by a 25 minute 3v3 game against another team.
An example session is shown below:
2 x 60 minute sessions per week
Season Length - 9 weeks starting the week of April 29, 2019 and ending the week of June 24, 2019.
Week 1 is weather dependent and will not be rescheduled. Remaining games that need to be reschedule will be in accordance with the SPDSA rescheduling policy.
Jamboree - June 8th and June 9th
Days/Nights of Play
Choice of Monday and Wednesday evenings or Tuesday and Thursday evenings
5:30pm & 6:30pm start times (Times will rotate as much as possible. There is no option to choose a start time)
*Game days and start times may be subject to change, pending field availability.
Games will be played in Sherwood Park. Field location to be determined.
Registration and Fees
$210 Early Bird. Rates increase after March 1st by $25.00.
Fee includes a training kit consisting of black shorts, black socks and a jersey (Players are required to provide shin pads and footwear)
Fees include a Jamboree: June 8 & 9