House

Teams in House Divisions range in age from U6 to U11. Skill level of players on these teams are reviewed in the Fall prior to team formation, and teams formed on the basis of being relatively equal in skills.

They play play intra-Club matches through the season. The season closes with a House League Jamboree.

Teams are formed prior to the start of the season by conducting player assessments to form teams that are relatively balanced in skill level and competitiveness.

Coaching selection for teams in these Divisions is performed in conjunction with team formation. If you would like to fill the role of Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Manager, please ensure you mention your interest to your respective Division Coordinator.

House League Philosophy

From a general perspective, U6-U11 programs are not about winning; it’s about providing opportunities for children to develop as soccer players while having fun in balanced, fair competition. Our programs focus on teaching solid skills as our players progress through the age divisions, all the while engaging them with the essence of soccer — FUN.

Fair Competition

That said, it’s natural for players at all ages to want to compete. The role of House League coaches and coordinators in this regard is to manage the competition so that it’s balanced and fair. After a game in House League, players from both teams should feel that they were given a fair chance to participate, and that their team had a fair chance of winning, whether they did or not.

Lopsided Results

Occasionally, games in U6-U11 may still produce lopsided results, depending on player illnesses or absences, despite early season efforts to balance teams. Whatever the reason and whatever the outcome, coaches and parents are always encouraged to use “wins” and “losses” as opportunities to teach their players about the larger aspects of sportsmanship, character and perseverance in sport. Whatever happens, soccer is still just a game — there will always be more games, and games are meant to be FUN.

Parent & Coach Comments

As coaches and parents, the verbal and non-verbal messages we give our players can have a profound effect on how they feel about themselves, and subsequently, how effectively they develop in soccer and sport in general. Bays United asks coaches and parents to carefully consider their speech and conduct at all times around their young players. Keep it positive, keep it upbeat, and your children will not only participate in soccer and sport longer, they may even win some medals and trophies one day in the future! Fun can be a driver for achievement — just ask any Brazilian soccer player!

Match Formats

There is a general consensus among the technical coaching staff of national soccer associations around the world that small-sided soccer is best suited to teaching soccer to young children. In keeping with this thinking, and based on experience, Bays United FC uses small-sided or “mini” soccer formats;in our U6-U11 programs. (Bays United was actually one of the first clubs in BC to make this move, starting in the early 1990s.)

The following are the game formats in each of our age divisions. Please note that actual field dimensions may vary according to the field facilities available to our programs.

U6 Coed (boys and girls)

  • Play 3v3 without goalkeepers
  • Field measures approximately 15×20 metres
  • Goal size 3 metres

U7 Coed (boys and girls)

  • Play 4v4 (3 field players and one goalkeeper)
  • Field measures approximately 20×30 metres
  • Goal size 3 metres

U8 Coed & U8 Girls

  • Play 4v4 (3 field players and one goalkeeper)
  • Field measures approximately 20×30 metres
  • Goal size 3 metres

U9 Coed & U9 Girls

  • Play 6v6 (5 field players and one goalkeeper)
  • Field measures approximately 30×40 metres (1/4 full soccer field)
  • Goal size 3 metres

U10 Coed & U10 Girls

  • Play 6v6 (5 field players and one goalkeeper)
  • Field measures approximately 40×55 metres
  • Goal size 3.5 metres (12 feet goal frame)

U11 Coed & U11 Girls

  • Play 8v8 (7 field players and one goalkeeper)
  • Field measures approximately 45×70 metres (half full soccer field)
  • Goal size 3.5 metres (12 feet goal frame)

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