Monday, August 29, 2016

Welcome to Fall Soccer!

<Edited 8/30/16 - Modified schedule to better distribute the early games>
<Edited 8/31/16 - Correct ball size from 3 to 4>

Dear U9 Parents,

Welcome back to the school year, cool weather and fall soccer.  I hope you all had an excellent summer break and you're ready to resume with reality.

The fall season starts on September 11, just 2 weeks away.  We will run for 9 weeks, with our last game being November 6.  We will not play on October 9 due to Columbus day unless we use it to make up for a rain day.

Teams are being setup and finalized now.   You should get an email welcoming your child to her or his new team by Tuesday, August 30.  If you don't get it by then, contact the league, as you may not be registered properly.

We still have spots available, but there will be a strict limit on the number of players accepted and remaining kids will be wait listed.  If you have not registered yet, you should do it asap.  If you know somebody who would like to play, please let them know that they need to register now.

You can register here:

The Season

We will have an 8 game season this Fall.  All U9 games will be on Sunday mornings at either 10:30 or 12:00 each week.

We will have 2 time slots that will change for each team every week.  The first slot is 10:30 to 11:55.  The second is 12:00-1:45.  Each session will start with a 40 minute skills/drills session and finish with 40 minute scrimmage/game, with a 5 minute break between practice and scrimmage.

No games will be scheduled over Columbus Day Weekend, October 9.  The last game will be November 9, weather permitting.

The Blog

This Blog will be the primary source of information for schedules, cancellations, etc.  Feel free to use the comments to discuss the league and let us know what we can do to improve any aspect of U7 Soccer.

Cancellations due to weather will be posted to the blog... please check it within an hour of the start time on game-day morning.  If you do not have access to the internet on Sunday mornings, please let me know.

Parents will need to supply...

  1. If you already have the correct uniform color, please use it.  If not, the league will supply a shirt, shorts and socks on the first day
  2. Appropriate shoes.  We'll play on real grass, cleats are recommended (but are not required)
  3. Shin pads are required.  Your child may be excluded from the game if this important piece of safety equipment is not used.
  4. Players must come to the game with their own size 4 ball with the players name on it
  5. Long pants and long sleeved shirts may be worn under the team uniform if desired
  6. Water - for frequent breaks
  7. A snack for between the practice and game may be desired
  8. Players must not wear any jewelry (earrings, watches, etc.) during the practice or game
  9. Parents must remain at the field with their children during the entire session 

Our Philosophy

At the U9 level we continue focusing on basic skills, and begin incorporating more of the basic rules into the experience.

Our primary focus remains providing a fun and healthy environment for the kids to discover their emerging soccer skills.  We do not focus on winning.  We don't keep official score, celebrate wins, or mourn losses.  We strive for every player to get equal playing time, and try to keep the number of players on the field small in order to maximize opportunities to play.  We reward skillful play, good attitudes and sportsmanship.

Adults, please try to keep this in mind.  If you see a player on a team opposing your child's team, and that player is exceptionally good...  please try to celebrate that skill as opposed to trying to suppress it.  All players develop at different rates, and at this age, some kids really stand out.  This is a good thing, try to not take offense by it.

Here are some additional notes about the U9 format:
  1. For this outdoor session we will play 6v6 including a goalie.  We will use the bigger nets. Coaches may decide to change the structure as needed for a fun and fulfilling game depending on attendance.
  2. Coaches may decide to balance teams at game time if there is a need to equalize the number of players on each team.
  3. Substitutions should be made when play stops and should occur approximately every 5 - 10 minutes
  4. We will play with throw-ins, goalie kicks and corner kicks.
  5. The game will start with a kick-off at the center, as will the second half of the game
  6. After each goal, the team scored upon will start again by kicking-off at center.  A successful kick-off means that the ball needs to roll 1 revolution forward and be touched by another player
  7. Hand balls result in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  8. No slide-tackling allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  9. No pushing with the arms or hands allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  10. No tripping from behind allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  11. No checking with hips allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to opposing side
  12. No off-sides called
  13. The coaches may decide to break for half-time

Basic Rules for Parents

  1. Players must play within their designated age group.
  2. Players must play on the team they have been assigned to.  Requests for specific teams will be honored if availability permits.  Requests made close to the start of the season are often hard or impossible to accomodate for.
  3. At least one adult supervisor must stay during the entire session and is responsible for watching kids if they wander away from play
  4. Parent involvement is appreciated and encouraged when appropriate but please try not to interfere with the session
  5. Due to insurance rules players who are not registered with the league cannot play
  6. Players must not wear jewelry such as earrings, watches, necklaces, etc.  


Be sure to note the time you play each week...  it changes!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This calendar was updated on 8/30 to better distribute the early game more fairly across players.

DateTimeFieldNorth SideSouth Side
Sunday 9/11/201610:30 (Early!!)Field 5&6AC MilanBarcelona
Week 112:00 (Normal)Field 1&2Manchester UnitedReal Madrid
Field 3&4ChelseaBenfica
Field 5&6LiverpoolBayern Munich
Sunday 9/18/201610:30 (Early!!)Field 5&6Bayern MunichAC Milan
Week 212:00 (Normal)Field 1&2BarcelonaLiverpool
Field 3&4ChelseaManchester United
Field 5&6BenficaReal Madrid
Sunday 9/25/201610:30 (Early!!)Field 5&6ChelseaBarcelona
Week 312:00 (Normal)Field 1&2Real MadridBayern Munich
Field 3&4BenficaAC Milan
Field 5&6Manchester UnitedLiverpool
Sunday 10/2/201610:30 (Early!!)Field 5&6Real MadridChelsea
Week 412:00 (Normal)Field 1&2Bayern MunichManchester United
Field 3&4LiverpoolBenfica
Field 5&6BarcelonaAC Milan
NO Soccer October 9 for Columbus Day Weekend
Sunday 10/16/201610:30 (Early!!)Field 5&6BenficaManchester United
Week 512:00 (Normal)Field 1&2ChelseaBayern Munich
Field 3&4Real MadridBarcelona
Field 5&6AC MilanLiverpool
Sunday 10/23/201610:30 (Early!!)Field 5&6LiverpoolReal Madrid
Week 612:00 (Normal)Field 1&2Bayern MunichBarcelona
Field 3&4Manchester UnitedAC Milan
Field 5&6ChelseaBenfica
Sunday 10/30/201610:30 (Early!!)Field 5&6BenficaBayern Munich
Week 712:00 (Normal)Field 1&2LiverpoolChelsea
Field 3&4BarcelonaManchester United
Field 5&6AC MilanReal Madrid
Sunday 11/6/201610:30 (Early!!)Field 5&6LiverpoolManchester United
Week 812:00 (Normal)Field 1&2Bayern MunichReal Madrid
Field 3&4BarcelonaChelsea
Field 5&6AC MilanBenfica

Pine Banks Field

All games will be played at Pine Banks Field.  We will use the field inside the track with natural grass turf, at the corner of Main St. and Sylvan St.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hello World

Hello World,

We will be using this blog to communicate details for the Malden U9 Soccer league.

Stay Tuned!

Malden Youth Soccer