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Recreational Soccer

Overview

Brandon Futbol Club’s recreational program is designed for every child, regardless of skill level, who is interested in playing soccer. Our seasonal year is divided into two individual seasons, Fall and Spring. We register for the Fall season during the preceding Summer months and register for the spring season in January. The seasons run from August-November and from January-May.


Age Groups

U4-U6

  • These age groups utilize the smallest of small-sided games (3v3) to encourage player participation and touches on the ball.
  • Teams generally practice once a week, although U5 and U6 coaches may opt for a second practice
  • Players will need a size 3 ball, shinguards, and cleats (Cleats are optional for U4)
  • Practices and games are held at the Exchange Club Fields (near Crossgates)
  • The focus of these age groups is entirely on having FUN and introducing kids to the love of the game.

U7-U8

  • These age groups utilize a 4v4 format on slightly larger fields than U6.
  • Referees are introduced at this age to begin formally teaching the “rules” of the game to the players
  • Teams are formed utilizing a draft in an attempt to create a fair playing environment
  • Players will need a size 3 ball, shinguards, and cleats.
  • Practices and games are held at the Exchange Club Fields (near Crossgates)
  • The focus at this age should still be primarily based around having fun, but also at providing a skills-based learning approach in a no-pressure environment

U10

  • Games are played in a 6v6 format (including Goalkeepers)
  • Additional referees (Assistant Referees) are utilized to begin introducing some of the higher-level rules of the game (such as offside)
  • Teams are formed utilizing a draft
  • Players will need a size 4 ball in addition to cleats and shinguards
  • Practices and games are held at the Exchange Club Fields (near Crossgates)
  • At this age, basic tactics and team strategy can be combined with continued focus on skill development

U12

  • Games are played utilizing an 8v8 format (including Goalkeepers)
  • Teams are formed utilizing a draft
  • Players will need a size 4 ball in addition to cleats and shinguards
  • Practices and games are held at Shiloh Park in Brandon
  • At this age, tactics and team strategy are more advanced and should be combined with a continued focus on skill development

U14 and up

  • Games are played in a full 11v11 format (including Goalkeepers)
  • Teams are formed utilizing a draft
  • Players will need a size 5 ball in addition to cleats and shinguards
  • Practices and games are held at Shiloh Park in Brandon
  • At this age, tactics, teamwork, and team strategy become very important and should be combined with a continued focus on skill development