The goal of Neenah Soccer Club's 5U-8U recreational program is to teach players some fundamental soccer skills while emphasizing fun and instilling a love of the game of soccer in a supportive environment. Players will be exposed to age-appropriate skill building exercises and games for all ability levels. Tryouts are not required and all registered players will be assigend to a team; the club will make every attempt at keeping the teams at equal levels of play.
Games will be played in a 4v4, small-sided format, allowing players to get more touches on the ball in a game setting. All players will have equal playing time. 5U and 6U are both co-ed leagues; at the 7/8U age levels, players can choose between co-ed or girls only leagues.
The season begins in early May and runs through mid July. 5U-8U age groups play one night of week, holding a 30-minute practice, filled will a variety of exercise and games to teach basic skills prior to each game. Teams are coached by parent volunteers, under the guidance of a master coach.
All games are played at Great Northern Park: 771 Kensington Road, Neenah.
For each game, players from the same team will be divided into 2 smaller groups to play two concurrent games, side-by-side against the opposing team. At half time one set of teams will switch fields so that during the second half each team is playing a new opponent. Games will consist of 8-minute quarters (5U-6U) or 10-minute quarters (7/8U) with short water breaks in between.
At the 5U-8U age group, coaches are on the fields with players to keep teams going in the right direction, provide encouragement, and help players control their bodies as they go after the ball; they will serve as referees.
All games at this level will be played 4v4 with no goalie on a 20x30 field.
Ball In and Out of Play
Free Kicks / Penalty Kicks
Game cancellation will be determined and posted to the Neenah Soccer Club website and social media pages by 4pm on gameday. Any cancellation after that time will be made at the soccer field.
Soccer is played in the rain and will only be called off if there is thunder/lightning or if the fields are flooded. If storms look like they will end by game time we will not cancel the games; in these cases, the coaches and master coaches will be responsible for cancellations.