Our Development program operates under the guidance of Mass Youth Soccer. Mass Youth Soccer is the official representative of US Soccer, the national governing body for soccer in the United States, and US Youth Soccer in Massachusetts. This program has been designed and developed in collaboration with these professional soccer organizations to offer age appropriate activities in a supportive, child-centered, positive learning environment.
The program's main goal is to instill a passion for the game of soccer in young children. This passion is vital to keeping players participating in the game throughout their life. It is our shared passion for the game that impels us to help young players experience the joys of the game in a healthy and positive youth soccer experience.
Our program for elementary schoolers has evolved with the game over the years and continues to be dynamic and fluid as we seek to always keep pace with the growth of soccer in the United States. We are dedicated to providing a contemporary and age appropriate program inclusive of the most current child development, athletic and soccer specific knowledge available to us. We hope you will take a moment to review the Player Development Initiatives to learn more about the development philosophy and playing standards set forth by US Soccer for the 4v4 playing format used in this program.
Development seasons are eight weeks long and have independent registration periods. Fall seasons run from September to November with a break for Columbus Day. Spring seasons run from April to June with a break for Memorial Day.
Fall 2018 (Updated): Sep. 8, Sep. 15, Sep. 22, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, and Nov. 10.
Please note the dates listed above reflect the cancelled week of Sep. 29, which extended the season to Nov. 10.
Development players are grouped by single grade and randomly placed in coed groups led by volunteer coaches. These groups meet by grade to train together on Saturdays.
|Training Groups||Training Sessions|
|Pre-School *||9:15 am for 45 minutes|
|Grade KG||10:30 am for 45 minutes|
|Grade 1||11:45 am for 60 minutes|
|Grade 2||1:15 pm for 60 minutes|
* Children must have a birth year of 2013 or earlier to be eligible for Pre-School.
Times are subject to change based on enrollment and field availability.
Development fields will be located at McNamara's Field, 12th Ave.
- Lawn signs are placed adjacent to each midfield line to help identify fields.
- Spectators are asked to sit a few feet away from the touchlines to give the children enough room to play.
- Sitting behind goals is prohibited.
Locations are subject to change based on field availability.
Development players must have the following to participate in training sessions:
- Jersey - Provided during first week of play.
- Athletic shorts - Other clothing is allowed based on weather.
- Soccer socks - Must cover shin guards.
- Shin guards - Mandatory for safety.
- Footwear - Sneakers are fine.
- Soccer ball - Size 3.
- Sports bottle - Players should bring plenty of fluids with them.
Soccer cleats are recommended to avoid bad spills. However, baseball cleats cannot be used to play soccer because shoes with toe cleats are not allowed.