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6U-12U Division

Divisions and Team Sizes

See the Registration & Team Formation page for details on division names & player assignments by age and grade level.

Division (linked to division-specific play)

Grade Level

Players On the Field

Team Roster Size

U5Pre-Kindergarten 
n/a

U6

Kindergarten

4v4

6-7

U7

1st grade

4v4 or 5v5

6-8

U8

2nd grade

4v4 or 5v5

6-8

U9

3rd grade

7v7 incl Keeper

9-10

U10

4th grade
(often combined with 3rd graders as U9/10)

7v7 incl Keeper

9-10

U12

5th & 6th grade

9v9 incl Keeper

12-13

U14

7th & 8th grade

11v11 incl Keeper

14-20

Small-Sided Soccer

The U6 to U12 divisions play on a smaller fields with fewer players than standard soccer.  Small-sided games are extremely beneficial for young children. Anecdotal evidence and research studies show that youngsters derive greater pleasure from playing football in smaller teams and with adapted rules. As well as getting involved in the game more often, players learn more quickly and take more decisions during the course of a match. And as the ball is never far away, greater concentration is required on their part.
This all means that they gain a better understanding of the game than they would in playing on big pitches. The fact there are less players on the pitch and on each team also means that they receive more attention and have more chances to score goals, which is what children play the game for. Goalkeepers, who are not used in five-a-side football and smaller formats, are also more involved, while outfield players are exposed to more attack and defense situations, increasing their enjoyment and the pace at which they learn.

The Season

Glenview AYSO plays a fall season and a spring season, each consisting of nine weeks. The emphasis of the program is on regular season play for enjoyment and recreation. We do not post results or standings, there is no ranking of teams and there are no all-star teams.  

Practices

Players who register assume an obligation to attend the nine games each season and also to attend at least one practice per week, the time and location of which is to be determined by the coach. Players who cannot make this commitment not only miss out on the learning of essential skills and strategies taught in the practices, but also hurt the team and lessen the enjoyment of the game for the other players. Each player should arrive at games and practices on time, and be picked up on time

Player Equipment

6U-8U (K – 2nd grade)

Ball size 3

9U-12U (3rd - 6th grade)

Ball size 4

14U and up

Ball size 5

  • Uniform: team jersey, black shorts and team socks. Long-sleeved shirts, fleeces or sweatpants can be added, but must be worn UNDER the uniform, not over it. Otherwise, players and referees can't tell whose on which team.
  • Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes will be inspected for safety before use.
  • Shinguards covered by socks are mandatory at both practices and games. Shinguards may NOT be worn over socks.
  • No jewelry may be worn for practices or games. This includes any type of earring, necklace, friendship bracelet, fit bit, Tyvek pool pass. The only exceptions are required religious or medical items.
  • The official at the game if the final arbiter for determining the safety of all items worn by players.
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