Introduction to "U-06"
U-06 is designed to teach our young players some very basics of the game, to let them try things, to grow the love of the game. The coach's job is to facilitate the activities. The parents' job is to encourage good sportsmanship and fun. The player's job is to have a good time.
The U-6 activity day consists of about a 75-minute session: 40minutes of technical development (practice) and one 20-minute (35 minutes with breaks) game.
Parents are expected to volunteer and assist with coaching. At U-06, coaching means encouraging and guiding. We are NOT trying to train college all-stars at this age! Please consider volunteering to help!
PUGG goals will be used.
A size 3 ball is used for U-6 games.
There will be three per team on field; no goalkeepers. Five max on roster. Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries. Only players should be allowed on the field, with the exception of a volunteer coach from each team who will manage the game.
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.
Duration of Game:
Four five-minute periods. Half time and quarter break of 5 minutes.
The Start of Play:
To start the first and second halves, and following each goal in all age group games, play is started or restarted with a kick-off in the center of the field. A coin toss is used to determine which team kicks off to start the game and the other team kicks off to start the second half. Following a goal, the team scored upon kicks off.
The kickoff is taken from the center of the field with each team in their own half and the team not kicking off at least 5 yards from the ball. Do not insist the opponent be a minimum of precisely 5 yards from the ball as this is just a guide to give the kicker room to kick the ball without it immediately hitting an opponent. Remember, let them play and do not interfere for technicalities.
Ball In and Out of Play:
The ball is out of play in all age group games when it completely crosses the touch line (side line) or goal line (end line) either on the ground or in the air. In U-6 games, the coaches will determine when the ball is out of play and should guide the restart, interfering as little as possible. It's the player's game, let them play and work on technique later.
Fouls & Misconduct
The coaches will asses direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents five yards away from the ball.
There is no need for fully qualified referees to manage U-6 games. One or both of the coaches should "officiate". The games are intended to be an opportunity for the very youngest of our players to experience the fun of playing. The barest of minimum rules are needed and should be applied with a generous amount of flexibility. Let the players have the freedom to play with minimum interruption.