Teams will be coached by volunteer coaches, and train and play once a week. Practices are outdoors during the midweek. The schedule and location of practices/games will be determined end of August. Games are usually on Saturday mornings at Kirkstone ATF (U9) and Sutherland (U10). Teams will also receive some Team Development sessions every four weeks with NVFC staff.
Dates: Late September to Late February.
Game Format: Game formats can range from 6v6 to 7v7 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.
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.
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