U6 and U7 Micro Soccer Program
The goal of Micro Soccer is to introduce kids and their parents to soccer in a fun, safe environment. Microsoccer has weekly sessions that include a professionally led skills clinic followed by scrimmages. Microsoccer has teams and uniforms. Teams have 6 players who scrimmage 3 v 3 without goalies.
- We group teams based on the schools they attend
- We keep teams together from year to year (If you were on U6 you will be with the same group in U7)
- All players are of the same age/gender at Homestead Field together
- Professional coaches run clinics
- Parent volunteers coach the games
When is Registration?
Registration starts in May
Micro soccer is for our youngest players, U6 and U7, typically Kindergarten and 1st Grade. Age Calculator.
Season and Time Commitment
Microsoccer occurs only on Saturdays. The season begins in September, after Labor Day, and runs for 8 weeks.
MIYSC worked with an A licensed soccer coach (the highest national coaching rating) to design the Mercer Island Micro program. Constant motion and individual player ball time is important. We teach age appropriate skills and activities.The approach we will be taking each week is to focus on coordination during warm up's and then progressing week to week through skill development including dribbling, ball control, individual/small group game understanding, passing, turning and finally shooting.
Parent coaches don't have to have past soccer experience as the trainers will be showing the coaches what they need to do with their teams each week. Coaches need to have enthusiasm and a willingness to be at practice each session. They also need to be able to coordinate a snack schedule amongst their team families.
As part of their registration, our Microsoccer players will receive a full uniform kit including a jersey, shorts, socks and a #3 size ball. Micro teams each have a different Major League Soccer kit (which is different from the traditional maroon and white jerseys for Mod and Rec soccer).
Parents are responsible for the following additional equipemnt:
- Shin pads (all kids MUST have shin pads to play either practice or games)
- Shoes. Cleats are preferable because they grip the wet grass and are good for lateral movement. Tennis shoes are fine however.
Microsoccer practices and games take places at Homestead Field, a grass field.
What to Bring to Each Clinic
- Each player needs to bring the size #3 soccer ball they will receive as part of their registration. It is important to label your soccer ball and water bottle so as not to get confused with other players.
- Water bottle.