Youth Soccer 4v4 Spring League

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Who

For boys and girls ages 5-12 regardless of playing experience. Teams are organized by the following age groups and will only compete against teams in their age group: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 year olds.

What

The Cedarville University 4v4 Youth Soccer League is a youth league that focuses on teaching the fundamentals of the game (ball control, dribbling, passing and shooting) in a fun, encouraging and safe environment. By using less players and competing on a smaller field, ball touches will inevitably increase as well as opportunities for success for each player. All the great champions of the game of soccer from Brazil and Italy to Barcelona and Bayern Munich use the 4v4 game model in their youth programs for teaching and developing young players.

Why

4v4 is the smallest version of a full size soccer game and has all of the same elements of a real game, but in a space, that youth can more easily understand and learn the game of soccer. Without a large number of players competing on the field and reducing the time and space for each player to operate, the 4v4 game will accelerate the technical ability and game intelligence of all players involved. In a 4v4 game, players cannot hide from the ball, but instead, are forced to control the ball, dribble, pass and shoot more often and therefore will have to process what to do with the ball, which improves their soccer IQ. Moreover, in 4v4, the 4-player diamond formation used is critical in helping youth understand and learn the concepts of width, depth, penetration and support. 4v4 makes learning and developing fun because players are constantly touching the ball and moving.

When

Date Event
Friday, February 22 Early Registration Deadline
Friday, March 7 Registration Deadline
Thursday, March 14 Opening Team Practice (Your child’s team will be assigned one of two practice times: 5:00-5:50 pm or 6:00-6:50 pm). The specific training hour for each age group will be announced closer to opening day).
Saturday, March 16 Match Day
Thursday, March 21 Team Practice
Saturday, March 23 Match Day
Thursday, March 28 Team Practice
Saturday, March 30 Match Day
Thursday, April 4 Team Practice
Saturday, April 6 Match Day
Thursday, April 11 Team Practice
Saturday, April 13

Match Day

Thursday, April 18 No Practice Due To Easter Break
Saturday, April 20 No Match Day Due To Easter Break
Thursday, April 25 Final Team Practice
Saturday, April 27 Final Match Day

Inclement Weather & Make Up Policy

Thursday night practices cancelled due to inclement weather will not be rescheduled. If weather causes game fields to be unplayable or if temperatures are too cold to play outside, games will be moved to the Doden Fieldhouse and/or Callan Athletic Center on the campus of Cedarville University. If games are moved inside, start times will be moved to 8 am and 9 am. Game times and specific field/court location will be emailed to all participants.

Field & Goal Size

Ages 5-6 & 7-8 use a 20x40 yard field with 3 foot Pugg goals/no goalies used
Ages 9-10 & 11-12 use a 30x40 yard field with 6x4 foot goals/no goalies used

Where

Cedarville University intramural fields off state route 72 in Cedarville, OH

Cost

$60 per player if registered by Friday, February 22.
$80 per player if registered by Saturday, February 23 or after.
There is a $10 discount for each additional family member that signs up.
All players will receive a 4v4 t-shirt.
Players need to bring their own ball and water to practice and games.

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