The most important part of micro soccer is to make it a fun activity for the kids – a game. At Sockers FC Wisconsin our very experienced staff has developed specific training practices and programs for our micro players, using play, music, and different types of balls, which are specifically focused on this age group.
coaching and management
At Sockers, players have the opportunity to learn the game of soccer with what is possibly the finest professional coaching staff in the region. But this is not enough for the micro program, which requires very special skills, both in education and child development to make for a truly outstanding program. What it takes is true expertise in all these areas to develop and manage such a program.
To make sure that we insure the best possible focus on the specific needs of our 3-4 year olds, we have a dedicated DOC (Director of Coaching) managing the micro program. All staff involved with micro have a strong understanding of how to bring the game of soccer to 3-4 year olds successfully.
Soccer uses a ‘U’ group to divide players into specific age groups. Sockers micro programs extends from U4 to U5. A U4 child must be 3 years old by August 1 preceding the school year under way – so micro extends roughly from 3 to 5 years of age.
Evidence in sports education research shows that there is no benefit to having 3-5 year olds segregated by gender – gender-specific soccer education makes sense starting at U7 or U8, which is when Sockers starts fielding girls teams. All micro clinics (U4-U5) are Coed.
While all of our other programs have a yearly registration, because of the specific needs of 3-4 year olds, micro functions differently. The programs are developed in camp or clinic concepts for shorter time frames. Programs are run outdoors in fall, spring, and summer, and indoors in between.
Instruction is always fully led by staff coaches. In each session, we have as many staff coaches as necessary to ensure a coach/player ratio of approximately 1/12. Parents may stay and participate if they wish to, in which case they need to follow our coaches’ directions.
You register your player online for the specific program description that you find appealing. These short commitments make it easier for you to involve your child in other activities throughout the year at this age, which our staff knows is great for their overall personal development.
transitioning from micro to rec soccer
U5 players who have enjoyed our micro camp concepts could be ready for recreational soccer. That program runs during the September/October and April/May time frames each year and involves 2 hours of soccer weekly. One hour of skills work and one hour of competitive play in a 3v3 format. See our recreational program area for the full description and registration information. Registration happens during the months of April – June for the next program year with some additions in spring if there are team openings or additional teams forming.
Micro fees are specific to each micro program provided as the number of hours, sessions, facility needs, etc. can differ by program. Watch the web site for the program that best fits your needs.