Charleswood Youth Soccer Association
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District Recreational Soccer - Detailed Description

For girls and boys ages 9 through 12. This program is managed by the district: St Charles Soccer Association (SCSA). Teams play against other teams throughout the district. Boys and girls teams are kept separate.

The coach, assistant coaches, and managers are normally parents of players on the team, and quite often have progressed from being a mini-soccer coach.

The regular season runs from early May to the end of June.

Skill Development
The Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model is followed. In this model players are not assigned a position for the season. Instead, every player spends an equal amount of time playing each soccer position.

There is typically 1 practice a week, normally on the weekend. But, practice dates are determined by the coaches and practice field availability.

Additional practice is important at this level, as the necessary technical and tactical skills cannot be learned with only regular game play. The emphasis in practice is on developing basic skills involving controlling the ball (dribbling, receiving, stopping), passing, and shooting. Team play and positional play are also taught.


During the outdoor season there are several tournaments. Participation in a tournament is optional and up to the coach and players. Tournament fees are not covered by regular registration fees. Example tournament: Boston Pizza Players Tournament.


Coaches at this level are required to complete the Learn to Train coach clinic. The Manitoba Soccer Association run the clinics, typically in April and early May. The clinics provide information about managing players, learning drills, and training techniques.  Developing coaching skills is a priority for both the Charleswood Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) and the St Charles District. CYSA pays the fees for all coaches to attend.

All coaches and assistant coaches must pass a police background check and child abuse registry check and complete the respect in sport on-line course before being allowed to coach. Where a coach is a different gender than the players, then a Same Sex Team Official must be present on the bench during all games. This person is not required to have passed a background check.

  • Soccer Jersey provided by CYSA. Yellow, with the jersey number silk-screened on the back
  • Soccer socks, black provided by CYSA.
  • Shorts, black provided by CYSA.
  • Shin pads
  • Soccer cleats
  • Water bottle

U9 and U10
  • Roster: 12 players max.
  • Players on field: 6 players per side
  • U9 Field size: One half of a ¾ size soccer field
  • U10 Field size: Full ¾ size soccer field
  • Ball size: 4
  • Game length: 2 25 minute halves, 5 minute half-time break
  • U9 Game days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • U10 Game days: Monday and Wednesday
  • Offside: Not enforced

U11 and U12

  • Roster: 14 players max.
  • Players on field: 8 players per side
  • Field size: Full ¾ size soccer field
  • Ball size: 4
  • Game length: 2 30 minute halves, 5 minute half-time break
  • U11 Game days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • U12 Game days: Monday and Wednesday
  • Offside: Attacking 3rd offside enforced

Laws of the Game
The FIFA Laws of the Game are enforced, except where revised by Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) Rules and Regulations.
The WYSA Rules and Regulations related to recreational game play, mainly address these areas:

  • Changes for smaller team sizes and shorter game times, etc., for younger players and LTPD.
  • Allow for unlimited and more frequent substitutions.
  • Changes to the offside rules for younger players.

Official Rules:

Game Volunteers
Two parent volunteers from each team are required at each game. The roles of the volunteers are:

  • Referee Liaison. Assist the referee when asked to do so. The Referee Liaison's job is to control the behavior of their spectators, warning them politely to stop any misbehavior. They should not confront the spectators from the opposition, but submit a report to WYSA if they witness any improper conduct from them.
  • Linesman. Signal when the ball goes out of bounds by raising the linesman flag.

The referees for U9 to U12 games are children that are at least 14 years of age and at least 2 years older than the players in the game.  Please show the referees respect and courtesy as they learn and apply the Laws of Game in a sometimes very stressful environment. The referees, although young, have authority over the entire game. Examples of this authority are:

  • Disallow a player from playing because of improper or unsafe equipment.
  • Red card a player for unsafe, disrespectful or abusive behaviour, at their discretion.
  • Abandon a game because of un-safe weather.
  • Stop, suspend or abandon a game for any offences or because of outside interference from spectators.

Relevant quote from FIFA Laws of the Game 2017/2018:

"The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play, including whether or not a goal is scored and the result of the match, are final. The decisions of the referee, and all other match officials, must always be respected.

The referee may not change a decision on realising that it is incorrect or on the advice of another match official if play has restarted or the referee has signalled the end of the first or second half (including extra time) and left the field of play or terminated the match."

Referees are often also soccer players (14yrs old or older): Become a Referee

Created by: CYSA Webmaster -- Last updated:Apr 13, 2018

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