Teams will be coached by volunteer coaches, and train and play once a week. Practices are usually on gravel, with the option for teams to book a gym space when winter starts. The schedule and location of practices/games is determined end of August. Games are usually on Saturday mornings at Kirkstone ATF (U9) and Sutherland (U10). Teams will also receive a Team Development session every four weeks with NVFC staff.
Age of birth: 2015/2014 born players.
Dates: Late September to Late February.
Game Format: Game formats can range from 6v6 to 8v8 as players advance through this stage, and again a simple league schedule can be created, but no standings should be kept – the emphasis is still FUN. All players play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeping, and the training to competition ratio should be 2 to 3 training sessions for every game.
This stage of the BC Soccer Player Pathway introduces players to disciplined training and begins to develop their understanding of principles of play alongside their skills practice. Repetitions are important to develop technical proficiency, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still paramount to stimulate learning and promote a love of the game.
The North Shore Youth Soccer Association offers two separate pods for Clubs to enter their U9-U10 teams, House Select Pod and House Development Pod. This will allow its member clubs to place players of similar ability together. The games are 6-a-side (including a goalkeeper) for U9 and 7-a-side (including a goalkeeper) for U10.
When forming U9-U10 teams for each season, the Club will identify approximately the top 15% - 20% of their players to play in the House Select Pod. The majority of the players will play in the House Development Pod.
Players are assessed by the Club staff coaches over the duration of the Under 8 and Under 9 season, and then all efforts will be made to balance teams within both the House Select and the House Development Pods. Friendship requests will also be taken into consideration within each pod, especially for the House Development Pod where the majority of the players will be placed. Team coaches will also be asked to offer some input. Finally, there will be a re-evaluation period in late spring and at the beginning of the U9 and U10 season in the fall to move players that have been placed in the wrong pod relative to their ability, have changed significantly over the summer and need to be moved, or are new to the Club and need to be placed appropriately. The Club Technical Director will oversee all evaluation initiatives.
NVFC Refund Policy
Please see the Refund Policy in the Registration Overview section of the Club Guide.
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