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 each weekly session is broken into two parts:
- The first half of the session gives all players the opportunity to learn individual ball control through several fun activities administered by the professional coach. 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 second half of the session is formatted as 3v3 games. 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 U5 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, but 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.