For players born in 2008 and 2009.
Philosophy: "Play for Life"
At this stage, players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a challenging atmosphere. The effect of the coach is critical at this stage. Skill demonstration is especially important, and the players learn best by doing. The players should have a satisfactory level of physical literacy. The community sessions will be focused on a challenging training session and their games.
Volunteer coaches are appointed for the season and are supported on a regular basis by the SPDSA Technical Department. Coaches are required to submit a criminal record check (CRC) and complete Respect in Sport (RiS) online training. Additionally, at least one coach must complete the Soccer for Life coaching certification and complete the Making Ethical Decisions module. All certification costs are covered or reimbursed by SPDSA. Head coaches will receive a $100 credit toward their player's registration once all administrative tasks are completed and equipment is returned at the end of each season. (Only one head coach per team is eligible for the credit.)
The best qualities of a coach for this stage of player are to:
All team officials from U11 to U19 are required to have an SPDSA ID card and must present those cards to referees at games. Cards are valid for a maximum of 3 years (correlating with a valid CRC) and are the responsibility of the card holder; a fee may be charged for the replacement of lost cards. Officials without a card will not be allowed on the field or benching area during games.
All Players from U11 to U19 are required to have a digital SPDSA ID card. During registration, a head and shoulders photo upload is required for all players requiring an ID card. Please upload a current photo of the player.
The program is designed for one match day (game) and one practice weekly. Each practice should address individual ball mastery as well as individual and small group decisions, when attacking and defending. Session plans can be provided to coaches upon request. Technical coaches will provide support to coaches throughout the season upon request.
One reciprocal friend request per player may be submitted upon registration. We do our best to accommodate player requests while focusing on balancing teams.
We hope that players who sign-up will participate in most games and practices throughout the season. Please communicate with team staff regarding absences with as much notice as possible.
Season length is 15 weeks starting October 17, 2022, ending February 11, 2023. (No sessions November 11 and 12 and December 23 through January 21.)
For teams attending provincials, the season will go until mid-March. Dates and location of Provincials is TBD.
Days of Play
Games are on Saturday afternoons with an alternate game day of Sunday.
Practices are scheduled in the evenings during the week (Monday - Friday) based on facility availability.
*Game/practice days and times may be subject to change as teams will be placed in EMSA if we do not have enough to form our own league.
Registration and Fees
Early Bird: $395 (by August 31, 2022)
Regular Rate: $420 (by September 15, 2022)
*Late Rate: $445 (after September 15, 2022)
Fee includes uniform (jersey, shorts, socks). Players are required to have their own shin pads and indoor shoes.
*Please note that registrations received after September 15 may be waitlisted depending on program availability
For more information click on the following link U15 Program Outline.