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About Our Divisions

Here in AYSO Region 420 we currently have soccer for children ages 3-18. However, most of our currently registered participants range from ages 3-14. Therefore our current assigned divisions include the following: Playground Soccer, 6U, 8U, 10U and 14U. As numbers increase and ages broaden, divisions are likely to expand with that increase. There is room for additional age divisions of 12U, 16U and 18U. Please see the information below on each of our current age divisions and contact us with any questions you may have.

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Playground Soccer

The AYSO Playground program was designed by child development and soccer experts to give your child a foundation for sports success. This program is designed for children ranging from ages 3 to 5. AYSO Playground uses group activities, soccer themes and parent participation to develop the fundamental motor skills that prepare kids for all sports.

This is NOT a soccer game. This is Fundamental Motor Skill Development (FMSD) that will lead into future soccer specific skill learning. Your player will hop, skip, jump, run, throw, balance, kick and play.... all while learning beginning soccer fundamentals.

 

              PLAYGROUND Soccer is a one-hour weekly activity for 6 weeks in the Fall and 6 weeks in the Spring, weather permitting. 

              Exciting equipment includes: colorful parachute, bean bags, hula hoops, cones, foam balls, pop-up goals, and other activity items. 

              Your Activity Leader will help you, Parents, engage with your child through active participation.

              Each player needs a parent or adult helper, but don’t worry, it's easy and you’ll get to have fun with us!!

6U

The 6U program is specifically developed to introduce soccer to children in a fun and safe environment.  The program is setup to have a short practice once a week followed by a game, all on Saturday mornings. 

Season Length: 6 weeks in the Fall and 6 weeks in the Spring

Time Commitment: One Hour Per week on Saturday mornings 30 minutes for practice followed by a 30 minute game.

Equipment: Each player will be given a uniform which consists of a jersey, shorts and socks. The player must provide soccer cleats (optional), shin-guards and a size 3 soccer ball.

Certification Required: All volunteers must be registered AYSO Volunteers, and all coaches must be Safe Haven Certified.

Coach: 6U Coach Cert, Safe Haven Cert. and CDC Concussion Awareness Cert.

Game Format:  The game is played on a small field in a 3 vs. 3 or 4 vs. 4 format with no goal keeper. Each game is 30 minutes. It is played in five minute quarters with short breaks between quarters and a five minute half-time break and the teams will switch sides of the field.

Team Formation: The teams are randomly selected to balance ages and genders on each team as best as possible.  There are normally 6 players on each team.  The only child that can be guaranteed to a specific team is the coach’s child.

8U

The 8U program is specifically developed to introduce soccer to children in a fun and safe environment, while allowing them to continue to expand their skills.  The program is setup to have a short practice (45minutes to an hour) once a week at a local park or school, followed by a Saturday game.   

Season Length: 6 weeks in the Fall and 6 weeks in the Spring

Time Commitment: Practice approximately 45-60 minutes once per week (depending on coach's schedule), followed by a Saturday game lasting approximately 55 minutes.

Equipment: Each player will be given a uniform which consists of a jersey, shorts and socks. The player must provide soccer cleats (optional), shin guards and a size 3 soccer ball.

Certification Required:  All volunteers must be registered AYSO Volunteers, and all coaches must be Safe Haven Certified.

Coach: 8U Coach Cert, Safe Haven Cert and CDC Concussion Awareness Cert

Referee: Basic Referee Cert, Safe Haven Cert and CDC Concussion Awareness Cert

Game Format:  The game is played on a small field in a 4 vs. 4 format with no goal keeper. Game is played with four 10 minute quarters.  Substitutions are done at each quarter, and there is a short water break after each quarter, with a slightly longer break at half-time.  This level introduces referees who officiate games.

Team Formation: The teams are randomly selected to balance ages and genders on each team as best as possible, while also using a player rating system by coaches for returning players.  There are normally 6-8 players on each team.  The only child that can be guaranteed to a specific team is the coach’s child.

10U

The 10U program was developed to continue player development in a fun and safe, yet competitive environment. The program is setup to have an hour practice once or twice a week at a local park or school, followed by a Saturday game. 

Season Length: 6 weeks in the Fall and 6 weeks in the Spring

Time Commitment: Practice approximately 60 minutes once or twice per week (depending on coach's schedule), followed by a Saturday game lasting approximately 55 minutes.

Equipment: Each player will be given a uniform which consists of a jersey, shorts and socks. The player must provide soccer cleats (optional but recommended), shin-guards and a size 4 soccer ball.

Certification Required:  All volunteers must be registered AYSO Volunteers, and all coaches must be Safe Haven Certified.

Coach - 10U Coach Course, Safe Haven Cert and CDC Concussion Awareness Cert

Referee -Regional Certification

Game Format:  The game is played field 7 vs 7, under a modified FIFA rule system with a break-out line.  The game is played with 4 quarters. Substitutions are done at each quarter, and there is a short break after the second quarter.

Team Formation: The teams are randomly selected to balance ages and genders on each team as best as possible, while also using a player rating system by coaches for returning players.  There are normally 10 players on each team.  The only child that can be guaranteed to a specific team is the coach’s child.

14U

The 14U program was developed to continue player development in a fun and safe, yet competitive environment. The program is setup to have a 60-90 minute practice once or twice a week at a local park or school, followed by a Saturday game.

Season Length: 6 weeks in the Fall and 6 weeks in the Spring

Time Commitment: Practice approximately 60-90 minutes once or twice per week (depending on coach's schedule), followed by a Saturday game lasting approximately an hour and fifteen minutes.

Equipment: Each player will be given a uniform which consists of a jersey, shorts and socks. The player must provide soccer cleats (optional but recommended), shin-guards and a size 5 soccer ball.

Certification Required:  All volunteers must be registered AYSO Volunteers, and all coaches must be Safe Haven Certified.

Coach - Intermediate Certification, Safe Haven Cert and CDC Concussion Awareness Cert

Referee - Intermediate Certification

Game Format:  The game is played 11 vs. 11, under a modified FIFA rule system.  Game is played with 4 quarters. Substitutions are done at each quarter, and there is a short break after the second quarter.

Team Formation: Based upon the number of children typically registered in this age division, the format is played Jamboree style, meaning that all of the children are essentially on one team that is then divided into two groups on each game day to play.

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Norfolk AYSO Region 420

PO Box 2001 
Norfolk, Nebraska 68702

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 402-750-1298
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