Eight and nine year olds (U10 players) can play the game and enjoy the game. They need time and the appropriate environment to continue their technical development and begin simple tactical development (simple combinations with their teammates). Fewer players on the field provide ample opportunity to make quality decisions more often, reinforcing the tactical basics, so-to-speak. They enjoy being part of a team because it’s a FUN environment!
The U-10 program includes a group for boys (U10B) and a group for girls (U1G). Teams of about 10-12 children are formed, with an assigned head coach and 1-2 assistants. The number of teams, size of teams, and variations to program are driven by the number of coach volunteers HYSA has.
Each team has a one-hour practice during the week and a game on Saturday. Typically the boys' games are scheduled for Saturday mornings and the girls' games are in the afternoon.
The game includes two 25 minute halves and a five-minute intermission. The game is 6v6 (5v5 plus goalkeepers). A size 4 ball is used. There is no offsides and there is unlimited substitions, made during any goal kick and a team's throw-ins. Intramural referees officiate the game. Referees have taken a Grade 9 referee class. Players wear the reversible intramural shirt, which you can obtain from HYSA for $20. Players must wear shin-guards, soccer socks and cleats.
The program runs for 10 weeks.