About U5/U6 Soccer

Required equipment

A team shirt will be provided to each player and coach on the first day. This shirt should be worn at each game. All players must wear shin guards and have a ball. It is recommended that players wear cleats, but not required. There are extras available of all equipment at the concession stand. Stop by if you need something and see what may work for you.

Weather

Games will be played when it is cold and when it is warm, when it is wet and when it is dry. That's all the fun of soccer in Iowa. If games need to be canceled, a message will be put on Facebook and an email will be sent as soon as possible. Due to trying to have as many games as possible, it may be 5:00 PM before a game is canceled for the evening or 8:30 AM for the morning. If the fields are closed or tornado sirens going off, please know that all games are canceled and do not wait for an email. Games that are canceled are not made up unless otherwise noted at the time. Seasonal weather may dictate how many games can be played in a season.

Coaching

All coaching is done by parent volunteers who have passed a background check. We always have a need for more help. Since you'll be at the game anyway, please consider helping out your player and volunteering to coach their team.

Practices/Games 

Games and practices are hosted every Saturday 9:30 - 10:30 AM, Tuesday 6:00 - 7:00 PM, and Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

At the start of each game, there will be 10-15 minutes if basic drills and learning different plays. The players then take about a 5-minute break, then begin their game.

The game is 6 six-minute quarters with a 6-minute halftime. Players are usually swapped in and out every 3 minutes. There is no 'goalie/keeper' at this age. All players are to try to get a goal and all are to help defend their goal.

Due to COVID-19 precautions: instead of throw in's, we will be doing kick in's. Trying to minimize kids touching the ball. At the end of each game, teams will line up in a line and face opposing teams and clap to encourage sportsmanship instead of shaking hands.

Drills you can do at home

Practicing with your player is a great way to instill the love of the game and help them learn. Here are some that are favorites You can also search 'U6 drills' and there are multiple sites that can help. Some even include videos!

Red Light, Green Light

Racecar

Ouch!

Coach Says

https://www.soccerxpert.com/u6-u8-soccer-drills.aspx   - Games for U5/U6/U7 and U8

http://www.freeyouthsoccerdrills.com/free-soccer-drills.html   - Games for U6 to U8

https://www.soccercoachweekly.net/tag/u6/ - Games for U6 to U8 

http://www.coachingsoccer101.com/drills.htm  - Games for U6 all the way to U14.

 
U5/U6
U5/U6 soccer for 2020/2021 season is for kids born in 2015 or 2016. They will work on the fundamentals while the player has fun playing with their friends. All kids play and practice at the same time and no extra practices are expected. If there are school events at the same time, all practice/games will be canceled for that night.