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7U/8U Program

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 once or twice a week at a local park or school, followed by a Saturday game.  There is no post season at this age level.

Season LengthThe season runs from September until the middle of November.
Time CommitmentPractice approximately 60 minutes once or twice a week (depending on coach's schedule), followed by a Saturday game lasting approximately 55 minutes.
EquipmentEach player will be given a uniform which consists of a jersey, shorts, and socks. The player must provide soccer cleats, shin guards and a size 3 soccer ball.
Certification RequiredAll 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 FormatThe game is played on a small field in a 4 vs. 4 formats with NO goalkeeper. The game is played with four 10 minute quarters. Substitutions are done at each quarter, and there is a short break after the second quarter. This level introduces referees who officiate games. This level is designed to allow maximum touches to the ball.
Team FormationThe teams are formed via a draft. The player ratings are provided to all coaches prior to the draft. There are no more than 9 players on a team.
 Other When the ball leaves the touchline it can be either thrown-in or kicked-in. At this level, the referee does not enforce offside nor hand out foul red and yellow cards. Other fouls are handled as learning experiences and are strictly indirect kicks. 

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