4v4 Microsoccer Program Overview
Spring Recreational 4v4 Microsoccer is a 4 against 4 small-sided game with no goalies. This format allows players to be creative and build confidence on the ball. The season will provide a great opportunity for players to have fun while strengthening their skills. Spring Recreational 4v4 Microsoccer is played using modified full field game rules. Fouls will be called, however there are no referees. Our motto is “Let the game teach the player”. Almaden Valley Youth Soccer League (AVYSL) has again teamed up with professional trainers for our Spring Recreational 4v4 Microsoccer Program. This will be an excellent opportunity for players to train with their coaches under the guidance of the professional trainers.
The success of the Spring Recreational Microsoccer program depends on you - our volunteer coaches. We encourage parents to consider coaching a team. If you have not coached before, please do not consider this a problem. ALL coaches will be under the guidance of two professional trainers. The trainers will organize and run the practices with the help of the coaches. We hope you will take advantage of working with the professional trainers. Not only will you receive a progressive lesson plan for 8 to 10 weeks of practices, but you will take away with you a new arsenal of drills and games to use with your team. Coaches’ players are always guaranteed a spot on a team.
Please note, age groups may be combined to form complete teams. For example, the following age groups may be combined U5/U6, U7/U8, etc.
Unique to the Spring Recreational Microsoccer program, a player can either register independently or with one or more buddies. Also, Spring Microsoccer coaches are allowed to register pre-formed teams with a maximum of 8-9 players.
Those players that are included on a pre-formed team with a coach are guaranteed a spot on a team whereas the remaining players are on a space-available basis. Because coaches are able to register pre-formed teams, we do not "balance" the teams as we do in the fall recreational league. We do emphasize, however, that this is a recreational league, and those players/teams from competitive teams would be better suited playing elsewhere such as the CYSA District II spring program.
To register a pre-formed team, all players need to be registered online before the registration deadline, and the coach must enter the names of the players in the Microsoccer Requests section of the registration process. Each player should make his/her coach request to name the coach forming the team so that the registrations and the coaches pre-formed team email requests align.
We will attempt to honor all Buddy Requests. Please note, however, you MUST request your buddy or buddies at the time of registration. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate late buddy requests (or requests to be placed on a team with a buddy which are NOT made during registration). When making a Buddy Request, please make sure your Buddy is also registering to play Spring soccer.
If requested by a parent, we may allow a child to play up an age group if there is space available. We cannot play up a younger player if it displaces an age appropriate child. The request to play up can be made during registration, or by email to the Spring Recreational Director. When combining a buddy request with a play up request, a parent needs to be specific that he/she is requesting a child to play up an age group, rather than just request a child be placed with a buddy (who may be in a different age group).
Practice day and time are determined by the team’s coach, based on field availability. Each team has a one hour practice during the week. Your coach will notify you when and where practice will be held. We will also post the practice schedule on this website.
Game lengths are based on age group:
- U5/U6 = Two 20 minute halves and 5 minute half time
- U7/U8 = Two 25 minute halves and 5 minute half time
- U9/U10 = Two 25 minute halves and 5 minute half time
- U11/U12 = Two 25 minute halves and 5 minute half time
- U14 = Two 25 minute halves and 5 minute half time
Your coach will notify you of your game schedule. The game schedule will also be posted on this website by age group.
The league will provide t-shirts imprinted with the Spring Recreational Microsoccer logo. Coaches will be passing these out to the players after all the team players’ registration paperwork is completed and signed by the parents, turned into the league, and verified. All paperwork should be completed by parents at or prior to the first practice so the team can receive its t-shirts during the first (or second) week of practice. Players can wear any color shorts and socks, but shin guards and cleats are mandatory.
Families who only participate in the Spring 4v4 Microsoccer program will now be required to perform 4 hours of league designated volunteer service as do families who participate in the other AVYSL programs. You can satisfy this requirement by being approved as a Head Coach or Assistant Coach for the Spring season, or by performing other league volunteer activities as an Hourly Volunteer. Please see the Volunteer webpage under the Programs tab for more information.