Let us start by saying that the Technical Department of the VYSA (and most National Staff Coaches) is categorically against starting children playing in an organized youth soccer league before the age of five (i.e.U5). In our opinion, four year olds should be playing in a completely unstructured environment that is devoid of the rules regulations that come with being part an organized sport--that is to say, no teams, no marked fields and no formal games.
Having said that, we recognize and acknowledge that more and more clubs around Virginia have already begun U5 programs. Thus, instead of allowing these children to enter the sport without the proper guidance and direction, we have put together lesson plans and activity papers that will help the coaches and organizations get these players started off on the right foot. It is important that the first introduction into soccer be a quality one for all those involved.
For Lesson Plans Click Here
First draft--Roger Underhill, President, Colonial Heights Soccer Association
Further development--Bob Maynes, Dir. of Coaching, McLean Youth Soccer; Jim Sullivan and Matt Harrison, Curt Onalfo Soccer
Final development, revision and review-- Gordon Miller, Virginia Youth Soccer Association Technical Director and
David Linenberger, Virginia Youth Soccer Association Assistant Technical Director