Mini-Soccer 2018-06-26T06:30:51+00:00

Outdoor Mini-Soccer

  • Ages: 4yr olds Cost: $60.00 Play: Mondays & Wednesdays @ 6:15pm
  • Ages: 5 & 6 Cost: $65.00 Play: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 6:15pm
  • Ages: 7 & 8 Cost: $65.00 Play: Mondays & Wednesdays @ 6:15pm

Mini soccer is divided into three age categories

  • U4 (4 year olds – Children must turn 4 during the outdoor mini soccer season.)
  • U5/U6 (5 and 6 year olds)
  • U7/U8 (7 and 8 year olds).

Outdoor Mini-soccer is for boys and girls ages 4 to 8 years old. Age category is determined by birth year. Registration is done in early March – watch for details on this website in January.

The teams are co-ed, with children being randomly allocated to teams based on the number of registrants. Each player receives a jersey to keep, and receives a team and individual photo and medal at the end of the season.

The emphasis in mini-soccer is having fun while learning how to play, and how to participate on a team. No scores are kept and the games and teams are run by players’ family members, who volunteer their time.

A mini coaching clinic is provided by the RA Steen, but in addition, the Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA) runs coaching courses (usually in March and April), with the Active Start and Fundamentals programs oriented to those coaching 5 to 9 year olds.

Participation in the coaching course is recommended for those volunteering to coach. All coaching courses are paid for by the St. Charles Soccer Association.

The season runs from early May to the windup Jamboree, which is held in late June. Each player will be contacted in late April by their coach, and will be given details on their season at this time.

  • The U4-U6 program follows the Canada Soccer Association’s ACTIVE START program
  • The U7/U8 program follows the Canada Soccer Association’s FUNDAMENTALS program

Have questions about outdoor mini-soccer? We’re happy to help assist you! Contact R.A. Steen’s Outdoor Mini Soccer Convenor, Sarah Claassen at Rrasteenpc@shaw.ca.

Under 4 (U4) (Ages 4)

All children playing in the outdoor season must have turned 4 by the 31 of December of the current calendar year). 3 v 3, no goalie. Children play on teams of up to 12 players. On the field, there are 3 players at a time, with the intention being that every child gets lots of chance to kick the ball. A size 3 soccer ball is used at this level. There are no referees, no score is kept, and everyone is a winner. Skill development includes basic soccer skills, such as dribbling, controlling the ball, passing over short distances, shooting. No goalkeepers. All children must wear shin pads and have running shoes (cleats are optional), with the jersey in team colours being provided by RA Steen. The field is small as suits the age level (25 by 35 yards) and small pop-up nets are used. The hour of play is divided up into a ~ 40 minute skills-building session and a ~ 20 minute small game session. In the skills-building session, each team works separately and children participate in a series of fun games intended to develop motor skills, coordination, agility, balance, and speed. Some of these games are without a ball and some are with a ball. If a game is played with a ball, each child will have a ball. In the small game session, children play 3 v 3 with no goalie. Children rotate frequently on and off the field. The emphasis is on fun and building basic skills – running, dribbling with the ball, kicking, stopping the ball.

The hour of play is divided up into a ~ 40 minute skills-building session and a ~ 20 minute small game session. In the skills-building session, each team works separately and children participate in a series of fun games intended to develop motor skills, coordination, agility, balance, and speed. Some of these games are without a ball and some are with a ball. If a game is played with a ball, each child will have a ball. In the small game session, children play 3 v 3 with no goalie. Children rotate frequently on and off the field. The emphasis is on fun and building basic skills – running, dribbling with the ball, kicking, stopping the ball.

Under 6 (U5 and U6) (Ages 5 and 6)

Children playing in the outdoor season must have turned 5 or 6 by the 31 of December of the current calendar year). 4 v 4, with a goalie. Children play on a team of up to 12 players, with 4 players on the field for each team at a time (3 plus the goal keeper). All children have equal playing time, with each player having lots of touches on the ball. A size 4 soccer ball is used. As in the age 4 category, the coaches supervise the games, there are no scores, and everyone is a winner. Basic skills include dribbling, passing over short distances, receiving and controlling the ball, goalkeeping, and basic team play. All players must wear shin pads, and have running shoes (cleats are optional). A jersey in team colours is provided by the RA Steen. The field size is larger than for U4 but at 35 by 55 yards is still considerably smaller than a full sized field. Pop up nets are used.
The hour of play is divided up into a ~ 30 minute skills-building session and a ~ 30 minute small game session. In the skills-building session, each team works separately and children participate in a series of fun games intended to develop motor skills, coordination, agility, balance, and speed. Some of these games are without a ball and some are with a ball. If a game is played with a ball, each child will have a ball. In the small game session, children play 4 v 4 with a goalie (three plus the goal keeper), with all children taking turns being the goalie. Children rotate frequently on and off the field. The emphasis is on fun and building basic skills – running, dribbling with the ball, kicking, stopping the ball.

Under 8 (U7 and U8) (Ages 7 and 8)

Children playing in the outdoor season must have turned 7 or 8 by the 31 of December of the current calendar year. 5 v 5, with a goalie. Children play on a team of up to 12 players, with 5 players on the field for each team at a time (four plus the goal keeper). All children have equal playing time, with each player having lots of touches on the ball. A size 4 soccer ball is used. As in the U4, and U6 categories, the coaches supervise the games, there are no scores, and everyone is a winner. Basic skills include dribbling, passing over short distances, receiving and controlling the ball, goalkeeping, and basic team play. All players must wear shin pads, and have running shoes (cleats are optional). A jersey in team colours is provided by the RA Steen. The field size is larger than for U4 but at 35 by 55 yards is still considerably smaller than a full sized field. Pop up nets are used.
The hour of play is divided up into a ~ 20 minute skills-building session and a ~ 40 minute small game session. In the skills-building session, each team works separately and children participate in a series of fun games intended to develop motor skills, coordination, agility, balance, and speed. Some of these games are without a ball and some are with a ball. If a game is played with a ball, each child will have a ball. In the small game session, children play 5 v 5 with a goalie (four plus the goal keeper), with all children taking turns being the goalie. Children rotate frequently on and off the field. The emphasis is on fun and building basic skills – running, dribbling with the ball, kicking, stopping the ball. At this age, more team skills also start to develop, with more passing skills starting to develop.
Note that mini-soccer is not a babysitting program. Parents must be present to supervise their children.