Recreational Development League (U9, U10, U11 & U12)
The U9 – U12 age group is the third stage of soccer development that our players go through, commonly known as “the golden age of learning”.
The effect of the role-model is very important at this stage. Children begin to identify with famous players and successful teams, and they want to learn imaginative skills. Skill demonstration is very important, and the players learn best by “doing”.
At this stage, our program strives to guide the technical development of young players as they acquire a greater level of understanding of soccer and familiarity with the ball. In nurturing the child’s initial engagement with the game, our coaches deliver a program which emphasises consistent child attachment to the ball, incorporating a high level of technique refinement as opposed to tactical or team play. The inclusion of structured small-sided games (4v4 up to 7v7) allows our young players to begin the process of transferring skills into game scenarios.
Players move from self-centered to self-critical, and they have a high stimulation level during basic skill training. This is also an important time to teach basic principles of play and to establish a training ethic and discipline, as outlined in our Long-Term Player Development Model (LTPD).
The Ontario Soccer Association has directed that Clubs not have scores and standings at this stage, so there will be no published scores and standings up to and including U12. For more information on this please refer to NTSC's webpage: Long Term Player Development.
Field layout: U9, U10 = 7v7 = 1/3 of full field U11, U12 = 9v9 = 1/2 of full field