Learning to Train - U9, U10, U11, U12

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.” Players move from self-centred to self-critical, and they have a high stimulation level during basic skills training. This is also an important time to teach basic principles of play and to establish a training ethic and discipline. Repetitions are important to develop technical excellence, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still essential for stimulating learning.

U9 & U10's - Games are in 7v7 format with goalkeepers.  The games are 2x25 minute halves. Players will continue to play in all positions including goalkeeper to experience playing in the various areas of the field. All players receive a fair amount of playing time in each game.  There are no standings - the emphasis is FUN.  

WISC's Outdoor Learning to train program begins in mid-May and runs once a week for 14 weeks.  All U9 & U10 players participate in an end-of-season ActiveStart Festival (Minifest).  During this event, they play a game, receive their participant awards and celebrate the season with fun inflatable games, facepainting, BBQ lunch hosted by WISC.

U11 & U12's - Games are in a 9v9 format with goalkeepers. The games are 2x35 minute halves.  Players will continue to play in all positions including goalkeeper to experience playing in the various areas of the field.  All players receive a fair amount of playing time in each game.  The offside law is introduced.  There are no standings - the emphasis is still FUN.  All players participate in an end-of-season Festival.  Players receive participant awards and McDonald's meal on the go vouchers.

Ball size: 4