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McLean Youth Soccer

McLEAN, VIRGINIA

Recreation Program Information

The McLean Youth Soccer (MYS) Recreation program, under the guidance of Recreation Director Haytham Mansur, focuses on individual player development and the enjoyment of the game of soccer - not on winning games. We believe it is important for our players, parents and coaches to embrace this philosophy as it is an important foundation of MYS.

The Recreation program includes the following programs:

  • U04: Game-based program for our youngest players
  • U05: Academy style, non-team-based introduction to soccer for our pre-K players.
  • U06-U07: Academy style, non-results, team-based developmental program.
  • U08-U11: Team-oriented program promoting fun and player development.
  • U12-U19: Team-based program that competes against area club teams in the local area.

These programs are hosted in the Fall (September-November) and Spring (March-June) seasons.

In addition to the above programs MYS offers the following for recreational players:

  • All-Stars (FALL AND SPRING ONLY): For players in U9-U19, these are tryout-based teams that practice 3-4 times leading up to a weekend of tournament player (3 games min).
  • Rec Skills Training (FALL AND SPRING ONLY: For players U7-U14, this is a once a week additional (in addition to the weekly Rec practice) skills training that is hosted by MYS' professionally trained travel coaches. The sessions are broken up into field-player and goalkeeper sessions.
  • Rec Ballmasters (WINTER ONLY): For players U6-U13 players, this is a once a week indoor skills clinic hosted at FCPS schools by MYS professional coaches.
  • SFL Winter Training (WINTER ONLY): For SFL players U14 and up, this is a once a week OUTDOOR skills/scrimmage session for SFL players hosted by Director of Rec, Haytham Mansur.
  • Winter Indoor Rec (WINTER ONLY): For U7-U12 players, this is a once a week GAME ONLY team (coached by volunteer coaches) that is hosted at local private schools, there are two sessions - session 1 (November-January) and session 2 (January-March).

 

Recreation Age Groups

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U04U05U06U07U08U09U10U11U12U13U14U16U19

 

U4-5 Program

The McLean U4 and U5 Parent/Child Soccer Program is a recreational, development-oriented, family activity program. Every session, the player and the parent are engaged in fun soccer-related games. These activities are led by trained McLean Youth Soccer Staff Coaches, and take place in a circle.

Your child will have fun while developing balance, coordination, and important social skills. The idea of play time with a ball and a family member will become something you can both carry with you everywhere. This is not a drop off, or "stand aside and watch" program for the adults. You will be participating in the activities with the player.

The parents form the boundary of this circle, which helps the young players to feel secure. The parents also play along in many of the games, to the delight of their children. The idea of playing together is something the families take with them all week. Soccer games become a common bond for the family to enjoy anytime.

The players will learn real soccer skills in a game format where the activity is designed to bring out each particular skill. The children learn from playing! The staff coaches model the skills, and the players can imitate the staff. The games replicate the demands of a real soccer game.

U4 players meet once per week for 45 minutes to an hour with club staff members. U5 players meet once per week for up to an hour with club staff members. An adult must participate along with the player.

  • U4 players have SIX sessions per season, which are held on Saturday mornings (subject to weather conditions).
  • U5 players have SEVEN sessions per season, which are held on Saturday monrings (subject to weather conditions).

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring?

  • Dress appropriately for changing weather conditions.
  • Bring plenty of water and a size three soccer ball with your child's name on it.
  • We recommend the children wear cleats or turf shoes because wet grass is slippery and cleats will be required as they get older.
  • Shin guards are recommended for the same reason.
  • Adults should come in comfortable footwear that is suitable for moving and dribbling a ball.

Is my child going to be placed on a team? Or will my child play in actual structured games?

Your child will be playing in the same group each week, and have the same staff coach leading the activities, but we do not form actual teams, and as such no actual formal, structured games will be played.

Can I leave my child at the session? 

One adult must participate with each child for the whole of each session. If you ever have to step away for a moment, you must have another adult assume responsibility for your child. Your full attention should be devoted to your child and the class. 

I have a larger family. Can I bring other children?
As long as you are still able to give your full attention to the player, other children may come and watch. You are going to be playing along, so babies in arms present difficulties. If your child has an older sibling, they may be allowed to fill in for you during the class as long as you are present.

I have twins. May I participate with both of them?
Yes, although the sessions will be better for all if you have one adult per child.

 

U6-7 Program

McLean Youth Soccer U06 and U07 program follows an "academy" format where every player receives professional training, and all of our volunteer parent/coaches are offered mentoring and guidance.

The U06 and U07 "academy" is an inclusive program that wants to give all level soccer players the opportunity to develop their skills.

The purpose of this approach is to train players so that they are prepared for either the travel or recreation programs in the future and to provide guidance to volunteer coaches that they may use with their teams in later years in the recreation program.

The aim is to help both the coaches and the players!

  • U06-U07 teams have EIGHT practices and EIGHT games per season.

U06 Format:

  • Teams practice for 60 minutes once per week with their volunteer/parent coach.
  • On Saturdays, three or four teams practice at one location for 30 minutes, using session plans provided by the club. This is immediately followed by a 30-minute game, using our small-sided, continuous play model that maximizes touches on the ball, which has been widely copied throughout the country.

U07 Format:

  • Teams practice for 60 minutes once per week with their volunteer/parent coach and professional staff coaches.
  • Six teams at a time all practice on one field for an hour, using session plans provided by the club.
  • Every other week, the team's session is run by a professional staff coach, assisted by the parent/volunteer coach.
  • On Saturdays, two MYS teams play two side-by-side games using a continuous play model that maximizes touches on the ball, which has been widely copied throughout the country. These games are supervised by their parent/volunteer coaches.

Academy Extension Program:

  • Individual players may be invited to participate in one additional practice each week. This invitation will be offered to the players who show the most energy and enthusiasm and will not be based on ability. The extension program is available by invitation only.

 

U8-11 Program

The U8-U11 program offers a FUN, friendly, non-results oriented team structured program focusing on age-appropriate skill development. At U11, the program introduces friendly competition between teams with an end of season "playoff" tournament.

MYS Professional Technical Staff visit games to offer enhanced coaching education/ support for volunteer/parent Coaches in the form of "help on request" during games.

  • U8-U11 teams have EIGHT practices and EIGHT games per season (subject to weather conditions).

U8 Format:

  • Teams practice for 60 minutes once per week with their volunteer/parent coach.
  • On Saturdays, two MYS teams play two side-by-side games using a continuous play model that maximizes touches on the ball, which has been widely copied throughout the country.

U9-U11 Format:

  • Teams practice for 90 minutes once per week with their volunteer/parent coach.
  • On Saturdays, each team plays one game against another MYS team in their age group.

All Stars (U9-U11):

  • MYS volunteer coaches will hold tryouts in each age group in order to field teams for an end-of-season, all-start tournament. Players must be registered and playing on an MYS team to be eligible to try out.

 

U12-19 Program (SFL)

MYS Recreation Players (U12 and older) play on MYS teams which participate in the Suburban Friendship League (SFL) - a Recreation League in Northern VA. No tryouts are required or permitted.

The Suburban Friendship League (SFL) has been operating since the fall 1990 season providing scheduling services for recreational soccer teams. The league's charter and decisions are based on whether the result is for the good of the players. During the spring and fall seasons, the SFL provides scheduling services to between 450 and 500 teams representing almost 30 different clubs.

Find out more about the SFL at www.sflsoccer.org.

  • U12-U19 teams have at least EIGHT practices and EIGHT games per season, plus an end-of-season tournament (subject to weather conditions).
  • Teams practice for 90 minutes once per week with their volunteer/parent coach.
  • On Saturdays and/or Sundays (primarily Saturdays), each team plays one game against another team in the Northern Virginia area in their age group.

All-Stars:

  • MYS volunteer coaches will hold tryouts in each age group in order to field teams for an end-of-season, all-star tournament. Players must be registered and playing on an MYS team to be eligible to try out.

TOPSoccer Program Information

We will not be running the TOPSoccer program this Fall 2020.

TOPSoccer stands for The Outreach Program for soccer and it is a community-based training and team placement program for youth of all ages with disabilities.

As one of the first clubs in Virginia to offer TOPSoccer, MYS is proud to encourage youth players of all ages with special needs to learn the game of soccer. The MYS TOPSoccer program meets on Saturdays or Sundays during the Fall and Spring seasons and is organized and run by volunteer parents and youth players in MYS.

To register for this program follow all standard registration instructions and choose TOPSoccer when you register.

For information about the MYS TOPSoccer program, please email Haytham Mansur at [email protected].

We need volunteers to continue the success of this program. Please volunteer to help our community.

To learn more about VYSA support of TOPSoccer.

To see more on US Youth TOPSoccer program.

 

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