EG Soccer –“This is where the fun starts”.
We adapted this
slogan in 2015 to reinforce what soccer is ultimately about.
Recreation soccer here in EG is the same as it is across this province
and country: no scores, no standings, no individual awards.
Self esteem, confidence, development of social skills, team dynamics
and respect….these are the core messages and qualities we strive to
For those of you looking for more background on LTPD or other
aspects of the sport today, please visit the OSA or YRSA web sites,
where you will find plenty of articles, player and coaching guides, etc.
Here are some key points for you to be aware of here in EG:
U4 & U5
Also known as Mini-Mites & Mites. The objective here is to get
children moving, active and having fun. The Physical Literacy
Curriculum provides for basic fundamental movement skills such as
running, jumping, twisting, throwing and catching. Once the program
is underway, small-sided soccer games in a 3 v. 3 format will be
introduced, for half the evening session.
The OSA recommends this level of soccer to include
on-field involvement of a parent, sibling or guardian. Coaches are
encouraged to build this into the team's weekly activity, especially
early in the season wherever possible.
Also known as Tykes. Soccer skills development at this level should
be more structured, positive and of course, FUN. Coaches should
create a stimulating learning environment developing the ABC's of
Agility, Balance and Co-ordination, plus Speed. 3 v. 3 games with GK
will be part of the weekly program.
New this Season:
All U4, U5, U6 soccer sessions will be played at
MALP (Mount Albert Lions Park), the main soccer field complex for
the rest of our club.
At this age level families will see the biggest change to our soccer
program in 2016 as we change from 7 v. 7 to a fantastic format called
Festival Soccer: 4 v 4 with GK.
It has been proven: the smaller the number of players on a smaller
field, players develop greater skills, more confidence and greater
involvement or “touches” on the ball. With multiple matches being
played on the same full-size field, you will quickly get the sense of
why this has been named Festival!