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Ontario Soccer Matrices

Over the past few years, Ontario Soccer (our provincial governing body) has introduced many changes to youth soccer.  In line with the Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) standards, field and goal sizes, and playing formats have been adjusted to improve players' experiences in the game.  Below you'll find links to the Recreational and Grassroots matrices - which outline the formats and key rules for each age division.

Outdoor Recreational Soccer (Ages 4-12) Matrix

Outdoor Grassroots Development Ages (8-12) Matrix

 

Practice/Training Goals

 

Aligning with Ontario Soccer's LTPD principles, our House League (and Development/Competitive at the older ages) have different training objectives for the different age groups.  Below are some key points for all our age groups.  They are not by any means an exhaustive list, but rather a good starting point for coaches and parents.

For more information on the full Grassroots curriculum, visit Ontario Soccer's website here

Active Start (U4 & U5)

 

  • Introduce to players basic individual techniques
  • Develop overall physical literacy (agility, balance, coordindation, etc.)
  • No tactics (e.g. formation, style of play) at this age
  • Player should feel comfortable with the ball and with other players, in a safe and positive environment.  Lots of praise and encouragement!
FUNdamentals (U6, U7, & U8)
  • Introduce to players basic individual techniques
  • Develop overall physical literacy (with and without the ball)
  • No tactics (e.g. formation, style of play) at this age
  • Coaches should aim to increase players' confidence with the ball and play with teammates.  Environment should be positive and promote learning.
Learn to Train (U9-U12)
  • Improve possession and transition
  • Improve overall physical literacy (agility, balance, coordination, speed) with and without the ball
  • Older ages can begin to introduce basic tactics (minimal)
  • Cooperation with teammates in collective tasks (i.e. vs. emphasis of individual at younger ages)
  • Environment should be positive and promote learning, and be challenging for players.
 Soccer for Life (U13 and up)
  • Continued involvement in the sport
  • At the recreational level, a player's main goal is playing with friends in a fun environment

 

Outdoor House-League Rules

2017 House League Soccer Rules

Ontario Soccer's Small-Sided Games rules can be found here