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Junior Recreation Program - Overview

SPF Soccer Club - Junior REC Program

SPFSC's introduction to soccer starts with our Junior Recreation Program. Junior Recreation provides divisions tailored to the specific age ranging from Under-4 (U4) to Under-10 (U10). The mission of our Junior Recreation program is to instill a joy of physical activity by providing safe and developmentally sound experiences to a healthy lifestyle and the sport of soccer.  Our program uses a mixture of relying on volunteer coaches as well as paid trainers to provide the best training to our children.

Each year there are 2 seasons for House: the Fall season goes from September to November; the Spring season goes from April to June.  Each division in Junior Recreation will practice once per week with professional trainers, and all divisions from U5-U10 will play one game a week.

 

U4 Division

Our U4 Division (players born in 2016 for the Fall '19/Spring '20 year) is BRAND NEW for this year.  The focus of this new division is to introduce players to organized sport through soccer with a focus on the "ABCs": Agility, Balance and Coordination! There are no teams in this division as the focus is on the individual.  Practices, run by professional trainers, take place once a week for 30 minutes on Friday afternoon at 4:00, 4:30, 5:00 or 5:30 (you register by timeslot in this Division). Players are required to bring a Size 3 soccer ball with their name on it. Soccer cleats, shin guards, and water bottle (with name on it) are optional. Players will be provided a SPFSC T-Shirt.

 

U5 Division

Our U5 Division (players born in 2015 for the Fall '19/Spring '20 year) is SPFSC's first introduction to team sports for our youngest players. Thirty-minute practices, focusing on soccer fundamentals, are run by professional trainers and helped by volunteer coaches each week on Friday afternoons. The rosters consist of a maximum of 12 players across Coed teams. Each Saturday will be a "gameday" including 30 minutes of professional trainer instruction followed by 30 minutes of volunteer coach-led 3v3 play.  The focus is for the players to have fun and be their first introduction to team sport. Players are required to bring a Size 3 soccer ball (with their name on it), and wear soccer cleats and shin guards.  A water bottle (with name on it) is suggested.

 

U6 Division

Our U6 Division (players born in 2014 for the Fall '19/Spring '20 year) teams practice once per week on Mondays or Wednesdays for 45 minutes and play a game every Saturday morning.  Gamedays will include 20 minutes of professional trainer instruction followed by 40 minutes of volunteer coach-led play. The practice sessions are run by our professional trainers with support from volunteer coaches, and begin to focus on individual skills. Unlike our U5 Division, genders are divided for the first time with Girls and Boys playing in separate divisions.  Additionally, play expands to 4v4 matchups although teams will still have a maximum of 12 players rostered. Players are required to bring a Size 3 soccer ball (with their name on it), and wear soccer cleats and shin guards.  A water bottle (with name on it) is suggested.

 

U8 Division

Our U8 Division (players born in 2012 and 2013 for Fall '19/Spring '20 year) teams practice once per week on Tuesdays or Thursdays for 45 minutes, and play a game every Saturday morning.  Like our U6 Division, practice sessions are run by professional trainers with support from volunteer coaches, but we begin to delve deeper into individual skill building, and begin to introduce game play positioning.  Gamedays are completely led by volunteer coaches in a 4v4 play environment. Players are required to bring a Size 3 soccer ball (with their name on it), and wear soccer cleats and shin guards.  A water bottle (with name on it) is suggested.

 

U10 Division

In our U10 Division (players born in 2010 and 2011 for Fall '19/Spring '20 year), players are introduced to small-sided 7v7 play with the addition of goalkeepers, referees, and increased rules including Offsides.  Each team practices once a week in a professional trainer-led, volunteer coach supported 45-to-60-minute session on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday that will continue to build deeper individual skills with a focus on game play positioning and teamwork. Gamedays are completely led by volunteer coaches.  Players are required to bring a Size 4 soccer ball (with their name on it), and wear soccer cleats and shin guards.  A water bottle (with name on it) is suggested.  Each Spring, we hold our Junior Recreation Cup Tournament to end the year!

 

If you have any questions, please contact JuniorRec@SPFSoccer.com

Player Progression Chart

Click on your child's Birth Year below to learn what options are available for 2019-20 in the Scotch Plains Fanwood Soccer Club. Want to learn more about the Birth Year format?

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