Who is it for: All players born in 2016 as well as 2017 birth years born by August 31st (6U and 7U)
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Optional – EPSC Logo Size 3 soccer ball – $11
Wednesday practices are run by EPSC training staff (many of whom are former EPSC players and/or EPSC competitive program staff). There will be 3-4 Sunday night jamborees during the season where the players will participate in mini tournament style games with other local soccer clubs. These jamborees will typically kick off at 5pm and will consist of 4 x 15 minute small-sided games. A major component of the program will be soccer education for all – players, coaches and parents.
The main emphasis of the program is on development and FUN with a focus to develop soccer players to progress to the EPSC competitive program once they become age eligible . Small-sided games (3v3-5v5) are a primary component of this program.
Why Small Sided Games?
At the very youngest ages, it is typical to watch soccer games where all the players crowd and follow the ball in a group. This is very natural simply because all children want to have the ball. At the youngest ages this can also result in players “stealing” the ball from their own team- mates creating situations where a 7v7 game is really 1v13. By reducing the numbers on the field, the opportunity for players to have the ball increases. For example, in the same scenario by reducing numbers to a 3v3 game, that turns it into a 1v5 (rather than 1v13). The smaller the number of players on the field at the younger ages, the better it is for your child’s development long term as they will have the ball more often and will be in situations on both sides of the ball (attacking and defending) more often.
The primary aim of our youth programs is not to create short-term winning teams, but instead to help develop all players’ understanding of the game, enjoyment, skill level and decision making in a game-like environment.