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Introduction to Soccer

An AYSO Playground! 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 based on the AYSO Playground! model. In this program, children get to play soccer in an age-specific program, and you, the parents, get to participate with them. There are 6 sessions total with one each week per season.

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 guardian) 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).

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Introduction to Soccer 2024-25

The Introduction to Soccer program, for very young players, is an innovative FMS (fundamental motor skills) based program and features Activity Leaders, certified through the AYSO National Coaching Program, who understand the needs and capabilities of this age group and are sensitive to the needs and bonding experience of the parent. The objective of this program is to help develop, in collaboration with the parent or guardian, the child’s fundamental motor skills using soccer as a common thread.

There is no competition in AYSO Playground Soccer! The goal of AYSO Playground is to allow kids to develop fundamental motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and social interaction in a fun and safe AYSO environment. Children get to gradually discover the game for themselves while bonding with parents or guardians.

Introduction to Soccer (D.O.B. 2020)

Registration closes on 07/31/2024 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 06/21/2025
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c/o Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation, 40250 Dodge Park Rd.
Sterling Heights, Michigan 48313

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 586-446-2700
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