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

Wednesday, February 12 Soccer ball purchase deadline. We cannot guarantee your child will have their new soccer ball for the first practice if you order after February 12.
Monday, February 17 Early Registration Deadline. The registration cost will increase after February 17.
Monday, February 24 Registration T-shirt Deadline. We cannot guarantee your child will have their 4v4 T-shirt for the first game if registering after March 24.
Monday, March 9 Final registration in person. Check-in (Callan Athletic Center/gym), turn in paperwork and payment (if needed), pick up your t-shirt and meet your coach.
Thursday, March 12 Opening Team Practice (ages 5-6 and 9-10 will practice from 5:00-5:50 pm while ages 7-8 and 11 – 12 will practice from 6:00-6:50 pm).
Saturday, March 14 Opening Match Day. Games played at 11 am and 12 pm. A season schedule will be provided at the start of the season. Length of games for ages 5-6 and 7-8 will be two 20-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime. Games for ages 9-10 and 11-12 will be two 24-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime.
Thursday, March 19 Team Practice
Saturday, March 21 Match Day
Thursday, March 26 Team Practice & Individual/Team Picture Night by Champion City Photography
Saturday, March 28 Match Day
Thursday, April 2 Team Practice (Individual/Team Picture Make Up Date)
Saturday, April 4 Match Day
Thursday, April 9 No Practice Due To Easter Break
Saturday, April 11 No Match Day Due To Easter Break
Thursday, April 16 Team Practice
Saturday, April 18 Match Day
Tuesday, April 21 Make Up Date for Games Only
Thursday, April 23 Final Team Practice
Saturday, April 25 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 the facilities are available. 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

  • $70 per player if registered by Monday, February 17.
  • $90 per player if registered on Tuesday, February 18 or after.
  • There is a $10 discount for each additional family member that signs up.
  • There is a $10 non-refundable deposit to register.
  • All players will receive a 4v4 t-shirt.
  • Players need to bring their own ball and water to practice and games.

Soccer Ball Purchase (Optional)

You may purchase a size 4 or size 5 soccer ball for your child. The cost to purchase one soccer ball is $18. Cedarville Soccer Stingers 4v4 youth soccer league will use size 4 for ages 5-8 while ages 9-12 will use size 5.

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