Mini-soccer for the 2012 season is for those boys and girls born in the years 2004 through 2008 (ages 4 to 8). The teams are co-ed, with children being randomly allocated to teams based on the number of registrants. Each player receives a jersey to keep, and receives a trophy at the end of the year.
The emphasis in mini-soccer is having fun while learning how to play, and how to participate on a team. No scores are kept and the games and teams are run by players' family members, who volunteer their time. A mini coaching clinic is provided by the CYSA, but in addition, the Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA) runs coaching courses, with the Community Coach Children's program oriented to those coaching 5 to 9 year olds. Participation in the coaching course is recommended for those considering going on to coaching older children, where participation in formal coaching clinics becomes a requirement. All coaching courses are paid for by the CYSA.
The season runs from early May to the windup Jamboree, which will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Each player will be contacted in late April by their coach, and will be given details on their season at this time. Registration is done in February and March - watch for details on this website in January.
Children born from 2007 to 2009 (ages 4, 5 and 6) play on a team with up to 10 players. On the field, there are 4 players at a time, with the intention being that every child gets lots of chance to kick the ball. A size 3 soccer ball is used at this level. There are no referees, no score is kept, and everyone is a winner. Skill development includes basic soccer skills, such as dribbling, controlling the ball, passing over short distances, shooting, and goalkeeping. All children must wear shin pads and have running shoes (cleats are optional), with the jersey in team colours being provided by the CYSA. The field is small as suits the age level (25 by 35 yards).
Children born in 2005 and 2006 (age 7 and 8) play on a team of up to 12 players, with 6 players on the field for each team at a time (including the goalkeeper). All children have equal playing time, with each player having lots of touches on the ball. A size 4 soccer ball is used. As in the age 4, 5 and 6 category, the coaches supervise the games, there are no scores, and everyone is a winner. Basic skills include dribbling, passing over short distances, receiving and controlling the ball, goalkeeping, and basic team play. All players must wear shin pads, and have running shoes (cleats are optional). A jersey in team colours is provided by the CYSA. The field size is larger than for ages 4, 5 and 6, but at 35 by 55 yards is still considerably smaller than a full sized field.
Note that mini-soccer is not a babysitting program. Parents must be present to supervise their children.
Created by: CYSA - Webmaster -- Last updated:Feb 14, 2013