Our U5/U6* Academy Developmental Program is an excellent way to teach soccer to 4 and 5 year olds. This brings group training and game play to young girls and boys in a way that is fun and starts to build ball mastery skills and coordination.
Players meet once per week for a one hour session of instruction and fun. The emphasis will be on each child learning fundamentals of soccer and the moves needed to become a proficient player. Each session is run by qualified coaches.
Using a 3v3 game format allows the maximum amount of time for touches with the ball. More touches equates to improved skills. Improved skills equates to more fun!
This program has three sessions for the Fall 2017-18 season but each is individual so you can attend one, two or all three. Choose what works for you and your family schedule!
Schedule - Three 5 week sessions for the Fall 2017-18 season. All sessions are held on Mondays from 6-7pm
1st session is Sept. 25th through Oct. 23th (rain date 10/30) - Registration for Session 1 ends 09/09/17 Click here to register now!
2nd session is Nov. 6th through Dec. 4th (rain date 12/11) - Registration for Session 2 ends 10/22/17. Click here to register now!
3rd session is Jan. 15th through Feb. 12th (rain date 2/19) - Registration for Session 2 ends 12/31/17. Click here to register now!
Practice and Game Format
Technical Training with St. Pete Raiders Training Staff for approx. 30 minutes
Open soccer style 3v3 game play for approx. 30 minutes
No player goal kicks, corner kicks or throw-ins.
The game is restarted with the facilitator or volunteer parent rolling in a new ball for play once a ball has gone out-of-bounds.
Three 6 minute periods with 2-3 minute break periods.
No referees or goalkeepers.
No assigned teams, each field has 2 teams of 3-4 players (no substitutes).
All players practice and play together.
Must have shin guards; cleats are prefered.
*When you see 5U, 6U, 7U, etc - think "5 and Under, 6 and Under, 7 and Under." It reflects your child's age as of December 31st of the current calendar year. If your child is 6 on December 31st 2017, he or she would be considered 7U/8U in all soccer programs from August 2017 to May 2018.