Our ten and eleven year old players are organized into teams of twelve to fourteen and are staffed by a parent volunteer head coach, and one or more assistant coaches. In this age group, the focus is building on knowledge of the full FIFA Laws of the Game and applying them in matches. Advanced ball mastery is emphasized, multi-player and line team play taught. Tactics are introduced. Lots of touches on the ball are always encouraged. These teams train one night a week for ninety minutes, with the parent volunteer coaches, supplemented and directed by a professional trainer from Challenger Sports. They play nine versus nine on age-appropriate small sided fields in accordance with US Soccer Federation mandates. The field size approaches a full sized adult field and the goals used are 6 1/2 x 18'. Build-out lines are no longer used. Licensed referee teams of three are introduced at this age group, paid by JCSA to officiate matches. They usually play at Gateway Field on the soccer turf field on Saturday mornings. A size four soccer ball is used. Players are provided a uniform and are insured by JCSA. Parents are expected to provide shin guards, soccer cleats and water for every session. We recommend that every player have their own ball, but coaches will provide them at training and matches.
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