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Introduction to Soccer (5U) PROGRAM

Soccer is for people of all ages – even the little ones!  Several years ago, we created the Introduction to Soccer program for four-year-olds. In this program, children get to play soccer in an age-specific program, and you, the parents, get to participate with them. 

The objective of this program is to provide young players and their parents with a “pressure free” introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer. At this age players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice, and a minimal time commitment. This program allows players to discover the game for themselves, while parents are given a soccer foundation on which to build and grow on top of.

This program provides the best possible introduction to soccer for our youngest players. Groups are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend a given session. Each player will have a parent (or other adult) working with them on the field.

A “Master Coach” will lead each session. The Master Coach will introduce a game/activity that will apply to a certain skill or part of the game. They will explain and demonstrate to help parents and players understand the activity. Each pair (player/parent) will then attempt the activity while the Master Coach circulates between pairs providing specific help or suggestions so that the activities are performed as intended. After a suitable amount of time, the Master Coach will bring the players and parents back together as a group and recap what they have done, introducing the next game/activity.

If the activity is a group activity, each parent will be given the opportunity to play the activity (game) with the group (team).

Each session will end with a 20 minute short-sided game (3v3). This will allow the players to play without coaching or teaching as this experience is designed to expose them to soccer. The two objectives of the program are to allow the players to enjoy the activities and let the game be the teacher.

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Sterling Heights, Michigan 48311

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