Developmental Programs (U5-U8)
MicroSoccer, KinderSoccer, and Developmental
The Developmental Program is for the youngest players, age 4 to 8 years of age, where the core focus is on the development of skills and fun. PASC does not conduct or require tryouts for our Developmental program. Parents function as volunteer soccer coaches. Coaching clinics are offered by the club to any coach wishing to increase their knowledge of the game. These age groups play on fields located in Wehr's Dam Park in Orefield, Pennsylvania.
 
Academy sessions are run once a week for each age group by professional trainers to develop the skills of both our players and coaches. These sessions combine all PASC players for that age group and focuses on the technical development of our players. The trainers are licensed, well known, and respected high school and college coaches from throughout the Lehigh Valley.
 
United States Youth Soccer (USYS) Player Development Initiative:
  • Also known as the USYS Mandate

  • Take effect August 1st, 2016.

  • A quick summary of changes that impact the developmental program include:

    • New field sizes for age-groups

      • All U5 through U8 teams now play on a field 25 yards wide by 35 yards long

    • New goal sizes for age-groups

      • U5 and U6 will use 3 foot PUGGs

      • U7/8 will use 3 or 4 foot PUGGs

    • New # of players and roster limits per age-group

    • New heading restrictions (U11 and younger)

    • Guidance on training/game ratios

More information can be found at:  http://www.epysa.org/membership/USSoccerDevelopment/

Age Groups:

Micro/Kinder (U6) Structure

  • Team Formation: Coed age group with players split by birth calendar year as determined and set forth by US Youth Soccer.

  • Structure:

    • 1 soccer academy per week with two paid trainers lasting 60-75 minutes typically on Sunday afternoons

    • 8 - 9 week session with 1 academy style session per week

    • Session structure and break down:

Activity

Time (minutes) - Max 75 minutes

Instant Activity with Team

5-10

Large Group Warm-Up with Trainer (footwork warm-up)

10-15

Team Drills (Physical/Technique)

30-40

Scrimmage

20-30

 

U7 and U8 Structure

 

  • Team Formation:  Gender specific age group.  Registration will be determined by calendar birth year as set forth by US Youth Soccer.

  • Structure:
    • 10 week In-House soccer season with 2 to 3 events per week
      • Practice (60 to 75 minutes each): 8 to 10 over the course of the season. Practice time and day of the week chosen by coach.
      • Academy (75 minutes each): 6 over the course of the spring season and 8 over the course of the fall season with one paid trainer; one per week.
      • Game (four 10 minute quarters):
      • Soccer Festivals (75 minutes each):
        • 1-2 over the course of the session on weeks with no games. Typically scheduled on Saturday mornings.  
        • 3v3 or 4v4 small sided games 10 minutes in length.  
        • Teams will be formed randomly from players present.  Teams will play 5 to 7 games during the session.  Soccer festivals will be coed.
        • Schedule of Soccer Festivals will be included in the game schedule.
    • Games will follow PASC In-House Rules.  

Summary Chart:

 

U5/U6

U7

U8

Team formation

Coed

Gender specific

Gender specific

Academy trainers

2

1

1

Sessions per week

1

2-3

3

Session time (minutes)

60

60-75

75

Game time (minutes)

20

(three periods lasting 6 to 7 minutes)

40 (four 10 minute quarters)

40 (four 10 minute quarters)

Max time per week (minutes)

75

200

225

Players per team, ideal

8

9

9

Players per team, max

9

10

10

Player on the Field

4 vs 4 (no goalie)

4 vs 4 (no goalie)

4 vs 4 (no goalie)

 

 
U7 age group is often combined with our U8 age group and not provided separately each season.  This is to insure there are enough teams to run our Inhouse League.

 
For more information about any of these programs, please contact our Developmental Coordinator, inhouse@parklandsoccer.org.

 

U8 Academy Fall 2012

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