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Your child will be participating in this stage if they were born between 2009 & 2006.

We're looking forward to getting another year of our Long-Term Player Development season underway! U9 & U12 players participate in one scheduled practice and one game per week. Match Officials are introduced at the U9 age group and will follow Ontario Soccer small sided game rules. Teams will also work with a volunteer coach on individual development and become familiar with the rules of the game.

Teams are scheduled to participate in a mid-season Festival and an end-of-season Festival Day in which they play their final game, receive a season memento and celebrate the season with games and activities.

Regular season games will be playing 7v7 or 9v9 fields, predominantly; Byron Fields, Virginia Park, Stephen's Farm Park, West Park Baptist Church Fields, Stoneycreek Baptist Church Fields.  

The U9-U12 age group is the third stage of soccer development.

Practices and Games will be held from mid-May through mid-Aug.

Registration is $175 before March 31 and $200 after. 

Referees, practice and game fields, and full uniform will be provided by the club.

Players are required to wear shin pads and cleats weekly.

This stage is an optimal window for train-ability of speed, flexibility, and skills. Physical training should focus on developing these qualities. Technical training focuses on building a greater repertoire of soccer-related movements within the context of basic soccer games. Skill demonstration is very important, and the players learn best by “doing.” Players move from being self-centered to self-critical, and they have a high arousal level during basic skills training.

This is also an important time to teach basic principles of play and to establish a training ethic and discipline. Repetitions are important to develop technical excellence, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still essential for stimulating learning

Playing situations work best for teaching understanding and building basic game sense.

  • Emphasis is on fun, exercise, teamwork, continued skill development
  • Encourage decision making
  • Teach basic principles of play, teach simple combinations
  • During games, everyone must play equal time
  • Try all team positions, including goalkeeping
  • No scores or standings are kept

U9 – U10 Learn To Train 
U11 – U12 Learn To Train

We do not accept teammate requests.

Note:U10 through U17 youth house league coaches have been mandated by Ontario Soccer to complete the Respect in Sport Activity Leader Certificate. As part of Byron Optimist Soccer Club commitment to the development of its volunteer coaches, we will reimburse the head coach of each team once the certificate has been achieved and submitted to us. If you have already completed the course, in the last 5 years, for another sports organization, please submit a copy of your certificate to us to begin the certification process, click here