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Preschool General Information Alexander Soccer Club
Preschool player expectations – the top things players should learn/demonstrate
* Have fun and be good sports. * Show good sportsmanship.
* Try to dribble fast and around (not through) people. * Soccer uses feet to play, not hands.
* Score goals – lots of goals.
* To challenge kids emphasize using both feet and introduce basic passing.
- Use size 3 ball
- Should wear soccer cleats, but not required
- Must wear shin guards covered by socks or socks/shin guards combined
- For all restarts (kick-ins, goal kicks, corner kicks), the defending team should be at least 10 feet back. Allow the other team to kick the ball into play. Starts/restarts are the main times preschool players learn to pass.
- Games are recreational, do not keep score. Some players will keep track on their own (and that’s fine).
- Heading - No headers in practices or games.
- The game is played 4v4 or 5v5 depending on the number of players and coaches.
- Since there will be kids sitting out, substitute players every ~2 minutes.
- Fields are ~30-35 yards long and ~20-25 yards wide, and are marked by lines
- Use 6 foot Pugg goals. There are no goalies.
- Coaches keep time
- 4 quarters per game, each 6-8 minutes (based on kids, weather, etc.) short water break between quarters (~2-3 minutes)
- Coaches decide who kicks off first (one team first, rock-paper-scissors or coin toss for example)
- Kickoffs start each quarter or after a goal. One player passes to another (rotating works well)
- Other team must be ~10 feet back and on their half of the field until the ball is touched
- Kickoffs rotate between teams (1st and 3rd red team & 2nd and 4th black team)
- Any player can do kickoffs or kick-ins to start the ball into play (rotating works well)
- Attacking team touching the ball last before out of bounds across the end line results in a goal kick
- Ball is placed anywhere where the goal box normally would be (~5 feet from the end line)
- Defending team should back up to ~half field to give space for goal kick.
- Defending team touching the ball last before out of bounds across the end line results in a corner kick
- Ball is placed anywhere the corner arc would normally be (2-3 feet from corner cone in field of play)
- The ball hitting a player’s raised hand or arm results in a direct kick for the other team.
- A player using his or her hand to direct the ball results in a direct kick for the other team.
- Use judgment, if an accidental handball does not affect play, you can allow play to continue.
- Do not stop paly for handballs where a player is protecting himself or herself.
- Pushing, grabbing, or tripping results in a free kick for the other team.
- Dangerous play (kick the ball when on the ground) results in free kick for the other team.