The U-6 activity day consists of a 50-minute session: 25 minutes of technical development and one 25-minute game.
U6 coaches are assisted by a Master Coach who provide weekly drill instructions at beginning of the day.
Read the details of the daily instructions and activities for U6
Teams of five players on a roster should be formed before the season and
have at least two parents per team who are willing to help on the
weekend. Each player should receive a uniform, since it is part of the
fun to get dressed up for "the big game" and having fun will make the
kids want to come back.
The recommended field size for U-6 games is 28 x 25 yards marked with lines or cones.
Distinctive lines can be used but are not required. Field can be marked using 20 flat pro-cones to mark all four sides.
Maximum four feet high and six feet wide OR four tall cones, two each set six feet apart.
A size 3 ball is used for U-6 games.
will be four per team on field; no goalkeepers. seven max on roster.
Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries. The
players will be separated by girls and boys teams at all levels of play.
Only players should be allowed on the field, with the exception of a
coach from each team who will manage the game.
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice
and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type
athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes
must be inspected for safety before use.
Duration of Game:
Four five-minute periods. Half time break of 5 - 10 minutes.
The Start of Play:
To start the first and second halves, and following each goal in all age
group games, play is started or restarted with a kick-off in the center
of the field. A coin toss is used to determine which team kicks off to
start the game and the other team kicks off to start the second half.
Following a goal, the team scored upon kicks off.
The kickoff is taken from the center of the field with each team in
their own half and the team not kicking off at least 5 yards from the
ball. Do not insist the opponent be a minimum of precisely 5 yards from
the ball as this is just a guide to give the kicker room to kick the
ball without it immediately hitting an opponent. Remember, let them play
and do not interfere for technicalities.
Ball In and Out of Play:
The ball is out of play in all age group games when it completely
crosses the touch line (side line) or goal line (end line) either on the
ground or in the air. In U-6 games, the coaches will determine when the
ball is out of play and should guide the restart, interfering as little
as possible.It's the player's game, let them play and work on technique
Fouls & Misconduct
The coaches will asses direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents five yards away from the ball.
There is no need for fully qualified referees to manage U-6 games. One
or both of the coaches should "officiate". The games are intended to be
an opportunity for the very youngest of our players to experience the
fun of playing. The barest of minimum rules are needed and should be
applied with a generous amount of flexibility. Let the players have the
freedom to play with minimum interruption.