Mini-soccer is for boys and girls 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 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 for organizing and coaching. The team sizes are small and all children have equal playing time, this allows each player to have lots of touches on the ball.
The season runs from early May until late June, and ends with "Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fests - CYSA Mini-Soccer Jamboree", which is held on Saturday in late June. 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.
A parent or someone they designate must be present at all games and practices to supervise their child. Coaches cannot be responsible for all the children on their team at this age.
Canada Soccer recommends a “station” approach to training. Players move from one skill-building activity to the next at regular intervals.
Soccer times are split into 40 min practice followed by 20 min game. The practice time is built around four activity stations, one focusing on general movement skills, one on coordination, one on soccer technique and another on small-sided games. Addressing all four of these training “pillars” at each practice session will help develop well-rounded young players with a foundation in physical literacy, solid soccer skills and, ideally, an enduring love of the game.
Each field will be split into four stations and teams will combine for the practice before their game. The kids will move through each station. The station will be assigned by a weekly schedule, during the eight week season. Each soccer technique will be covered twice in the season. Coaches will also have the opportunity to bring their own drills into the mix.
The four soccer techniques are dribbling, control, passing and shooting.
A mini soccer 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 old players. Participation in the MSA 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.
- Jersey provided by CYSA. In the team colour, with the player’s number and name silk screened on the back.
- Shinpads recommended (soccer socks are optional)
- Runners (soccer cleats are optional)
- Water bottle
- Roster: 10 players max.
- U4,U5, U6 Players on field: 5 players per team (at game time)
- U7, U8 Players on field: 6 players per team (at game time)
- Ball size: 3
- At the start of the season the session is 40 minutes of practice and a 20 minute game
- As the season progresses this changes to a 30 minute practice and a 30 minute game
- The field size is larger for older players
Times and Locations:
- Games/Practice sessions are two times per week from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
- Parents choose between either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.
- U4, U5, U8 play at Westgrove School fields, 50 Westgrove Way
- U6, U7 play at River West Park School fields, 30 Stack St
Created by: CYSA - Webmaster -- Last updated:Mar 31, 2018