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Information about our U8-U10 Two Streams of Development

Many clubs place players on teams based on various school catchment areas or group kids with their friends. While this might be beneficial in terms of organization, we must ask if this is the best way to develop our players as they enter the key development years of 8-12.

Most can relate to watching mini soccer and seeing that 3 or 4 players dominate in game situations, leaving other players to rarely touch the ball. Placing these players in another division, would allow for the remaining players to get more involved, take on more leadership roles and acquire more interest. Further, it allows for more touches on the ball, which supports skill development.

With a wide range of abilities in mixed groups, coaches can find it challenging to find activities that engage all players on the team. This can lead to the content being too difficult for some and too simple for others. By grouping players with similar ability, coaches will be able to deliver activities at a pace that will meet their players’ needs. In this way, instruction is differentiated, meeting players at their level with the goal of moving them along the continuum of Long Term Player Development.

The issue of unbalanced teams is one that many clubs have to deal with. There are teams of players that go through a season with very little success, leaving players, parents and coaches discouraged. This can lead to problems of player and coach retention. Having teams of players with similar abilities would help to alleviate these issues.

The goal of ability based teams is to allow all players to play at their skill and confidence level. We want all players to be challenged, to build their skills and to enjoy their playing experiences. We wish to provide coaches with technical support to ensure they are meeting the needs of their players. We believe that providing children with the opportunity to play with and against those of similar ability will enhance both player and coach development.

Some Guiding Principles

  • Year-long evaluation of players with an opportunity for upward movement.
  • Technical support for all coaches in the age group to evenly distribute coaching talent.
  • A transparent evaluation process.
  • A clear communication plan to parents and coaches not only in the beginning stages, but year-long.

Any technical questions, can be directly to:

Alfredo Valente – CMFSC, Technical Director
Esteban Mora - CMFSC, Head Coach, Boys Minis
Andrea Maloney
– CMFSC, Head Coach, Girls

U8 Two Streams FAQ


U9 Two Streams FAQ


  • How are coaches being assigned to the Under 9 Teams?

    As players are registered, parents are asked to indicate if they are willing to volunteer as Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Managers. We will consider all parents that have put their names forward and decisions on coaches will be finalized and approved by CMFSC's technical staff.

  • How do I register for the U9 House stream or the U9 Development stream?

    You cannot register for either stream. You will register for the Under 9 age group and then you will be placed on a team through our team formation process.

  • How many players play on the field at Under 9?

    We will be playing 7-aside at Under 9. This means 6 outfield players plus a goalie.

  • What is the purpose of having two streams of development in the Under 9 Division

    The goal of ability based teams it to allow all players to play at their skill and confidence level. We want all players to be challenged, to build their skills and to enjoy their playing experiences. We wish to provide coaches with technical support to ensure they are meeting the needs of their players. We believe that providing children with the opportunity to play with and against those of similar ability will enhance both player and coach development.

  • When will the Under 9 Teams be formed?

    We will start the team formation process after the June 1st deadline. Teams will be formed by mid to late June.

  • Will my child have the same parent coach as Under 8?

    Some may and some may not. Parent coach’s change from year to year as some parents may not return to coaching and there may be new coaches that put their names forward for coaching. We will also have to adjust the teams within the House league and the Development league to ensure that teams are balanced. If an additional team is added in the Development Division there will be adjustments on all teams to accommodate this.

  • Will teams be balanced in the Development stream and House stream of Under 9?

    Teams will be formed with all efforts to balance all teams in the House and the Development Divisions. This will be done in collaboration with the Under 9 Coordinators and CMFSC Technical Head Coaches of Minis Boys & Girls.

U10 Two Streams FAQ