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 our Development Model to learn more about the objectives and methods of 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. The next season, Spring 2018, will start on April 14, 2018 and registration is open until March 10, 2018.
Spring 2018: April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, June 2 and June 9.
Dates are subject to change based on field availability
Development players are separated by school grade and randomly placed in coed groups that meet on Saturdays for training sessions led by volunteer coaches.
|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 Consentino Middle School, 685 Washington Street.
- 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.