1) To provide an opportunity for the youth of Southbury to play soccer. Everyone who wishes to play may do so, and it is the goal of the program to provide each player with the opportunity to play at his or her competitive level.2) To expand the educat
Big Kickers is a recreational program with emphasis on development of individual skills, field position and the rules of the game. Separate divisions for boys and girls. Practices are held during the week and games are played on Saturdays. U7 games are two 20-minute halves held on reduced size fields with 4 players per team and no goalkeeper. U8 games are two 25-minute halves with 6 per team including goalkeeper. Both U7 and U8 use a size 4 ball.
Basic skills and concepts learned during Big Kickers:
Proper kicking technique
Dribbling versus kicking
Shooting (Far/Near Post)
Passing vs. Kick-and-chase
Getting open and marking a man
Moving without the ball
Start talking: I'm open!
Win the ball
How to pivot and turn
First Defender: The player closest to ball must challenge or block
Pass to space
Get to know rules about:
Throw-ins: keep feet on ground and hands above head
Corner kicks and goal kicks
Fouls: cannot kick, trip, push or hold opponent
Hand-balls: no using shoulders to fingers on purpose
Current Season for Spring 2018
Opening Day for Spring 2018 is scheduled for Saturday April 7th @ Settlers Park (Fields 1 & 2). One rain date/make-up date is TBD if needed, but refund guaranteed for canceled sessions.
All games will be held in the afternoon (TBD) on Saturdays at Settlers Park Fields 1 & 2. Check the schedule on your Team page for detailed info regarding game times and field assignments.
Practice times, days, & locations will be scheduled based on the availability of the coach volunteers, and are generally twice a week. One of the practice sessions will be with a professional coach.
Weekly Trainer Practices are typically scheduled every Monday evening for Girls and Tuesday evenings for Boys
All players will receive a team T-Shirt.
Parents should not expect to be contacted by their coach until the week before the first session. Please be patient.
Please arrive at the field at least 10 minutes before each session for warmup.