Welcome to U8!

The U8 league is for children ages 6 & 7 (birth years 2009 and 2010) and some five year olds who are ready to "play up". U8 plays a 4v4 format (NO goalie, 2 defenders, 2 forwards/offense), where players are encouraged to rotate and play all positions. Like U6, players are taught the basic skills involved in playing soccer, but getting them to play their positions is emphasized. They are taught to learn about dribbling, passing, positioning, throw ins, etc.



U8 At a Glance

Ages:

6 & 7 and some 5 Year Olds

Players per Team:

9

Game Format:

4v4 format (NO goalie, 2 defenders, 2 forwards/offense)

Practices:

1 hour per week

Required Equipment:

Shorts, shin guards, water bottle, outdoor soccer cleats (team shirt and socks provided by league)

When & Where:

Saturdays at West Road fields 2B & 2C

Coordinator:

Kerri Stanley - kerri.stanley@lysa-nh.org

U8 In Depth

The U8 league is for children ages 6 and 7 (birth years 2009 and 2010), however 5 year olds who are ready to move forward from the U6 division are welcome to play up if there is room. U8 plays a 4v4 format (NO goalie, 2 defenders, 2 forwards/offense), where players are encouraged to rotate and play all positions. Like U6, players are taught the basic skills involved in playing soccer, but getting them to play their positions is emphasized. They are taught to learn about dribbling, passing, positioning, throw ins, etc.

The maximum number of players rostered for each U8 team is 9. Coaches will also run the weekly games, which are four 15-minute quarters with a brief break in between. The players use a size 3 soccer ball provided by the league. They are encouraged to bring their own soccer ball for practices, which are weekly 1-hour long practices. Players practice in academy style training sessions run by training professional Mark Ruest every other week, with the coaches assisting him.

Coaches are parents of players on each team who must pass a Kidsafe background check. We offer coaches clinics and resources for new coaches who are unfamiliar with the game and who want to coach.

Players are provided with a uniform shirt and soccer socks. They should wear shorts, shin guards, and outdoor soccer cleats and bring a water bottle to practices and games.

The maximum number of players rostered for each U8 team is 9. Coaches will also run the weekly games, which are four 15-minute quarters with a brief break in between. Games and practices are held at West Road Continental Park, fields 2C1 and 2C2. The FALL season typically runs for 8 consecutive weeks, beginning the Saturday after Labor Day (Opening Day), and ending the last weekend in October. The SPRING season also runs 8 weeks, beginning in early May and ending later in June. Players receive individual medals at the end of the playing season.