U5 Microkicks Program


U4/U5 Microkicks introduces the fundamentals of soccer through creative activities engaging the child’s imagination while teaching ball control. The program is led by a professional coach with US Youth Soccer licensing and education specific to the cognitive, social and physical development of 3 and 4-year olds. 

The format of the program is broken into 2 sessions each week--a practice day and a game day:  

  • During the week, a practice is led by a professional coach that brings together all players and volunteer coaches and offers the opportunity to learn individual ball control through several fun and creative activities. Each player has a ball to gain comfort dribbling with various surfaces of their feet emphasizing change of direction and speed. Techniques such as shooting and shielding are also introduced. The coach encourages players’ participation through imaginative games where children are pirates, cars, animals, cartoons, etc., as they learn to move with the ball. The end of the training allows players to scrimmage in mini games.
  • On Saturdays, games are held in the 3v3 format. Players are rostered to a team of six for the duration of the season, with each team being facilitated by a parent volunteer coach. Small-sided games are played with modified rules that maximize opportunities for each player to touch the ball and solve problems that the game of soccer itself presents. 

The goal of U4/5 Microkicks is to familiarize soccer in a fun way that relates to the child, while encouraging independence and social skills in both a large and small-group setting. Parents are encouraged to support their child from the sidelines, and not coach with instructions. The program aims to inspire a love of soccer while building intelligent players who can independently problem solve as they continue to grow and develop playing the game. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:  Each child will need to have a size 3 ball, soccer "cleats" (or athletic shoes), and shinguards. T-shirts (different color for each team) and socks are provided as part of the registration fee.