Canton Youth Soccer Association was founded in the 1980's by a group of parents interested in promoting the most popular sport in the world. Starting with a handful of children at is conception, Canton Youth Soccer now provides recreational, and travel
The mission of the Canton Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) is to provide the children of Canton with instructional and competitive opportunities that promote physical, mental and emotional growth and development through the sport of soccer at all age, skill and competition levels:
the main focus of the program will be the development of the players;
all children will play equal amounts of meaningful playing time;
standings will NOT be kept and there will not be any trophies or other recognition of a “winning” team;
coaching philosophy will be one of positive reinforcement vs. negative criticism
CYSA encourages any parents who wish to support the program to volunteer as coaches or assistant coaches. The only prerequisites are a positive attitude and the willingness to have fun with the kids. No soccer experience is required – the CYSA Board will provide all the support materials, including practice plans and coaching instruction.
Remember that the CYSA program is strictly volunteer based and we need your support to be successful.
Shinguards are required and must be worn underneath the socks. Cleats are not required, but when worn must not have metal cleats and cannot be baseball / football turf shoes (the cleat in the front of the shoe is a safety hazard to soccer players).
Basic soccer skills are the goal of the Kindergarten Clinic. It is a program designed to work with very young players and introduce them to the game of soccer. The goal of the Clinic is to get the players as many “touches” on the ball as possible, both during practice and in the course of the game.
Kindergarten Clinic practices / game are held one night a week during the season. Each session will last one hour. The first ½ hour is for instruction during which the players “play games” that incorporate basic soccer skills such as dribbling and trapping.
During the remaining ½ hour, the children will play a game on a very small field using small soccer goals. The games are played with each team fielding 3 players. The players do not play any positions and there are no goalies. All children play the same amount of time and coaches are encouraged to move players in and out of the game often.
Coaches are also encouraged to stay on the fringes of the field and keep the game flowing with minimal stoppages. There are no throw-ins, corner kicks or goal kicks – if the ball goes out of play, it is returned to the field as soon as possible and play resumes.
Players in the Kindergarten Clinic should use a size #3 soccer ball.
MLS League (Grades 1 & 2)
For players in grades 1 and 2, basic soccer skills continue to be the focus – the goal continues to be to get the players as many touches on the ball as possible, both during practice and in the course of the game.
Practices are typically held one night a week during the season. Each practice will last approximately 45 minutes to one hour. During practice, the players continue to play “games” that reinforce basic soccer skills such as dribbling and trapping. Some small passing may also be introduced along with use of the weaker foot. Please note that practices are held at the discretion of the volunteer coach based on his/her availability/work schedule, etc.
Games are held on Saturday mornings with start times varying between 8:00 – 10:00 AM. Run time for MLS League games is four 8-12 minute periods (at the discretion of the coaches) with a five minute half time.
The children will play a game on a small field using small soccer goals. The games are played with each team fielding 5 players. Goalies may be introduced later in the season as a sixth player for each team. Each child will have the opportunity to play every position. The only exception is goalie – players do not need to play goalie, and when they do so, it will be limited to no more than one period per game. All children play the same amount of time and coaches are encouraged to move players in and out of the game often.
Coaches are also encouraged to stay on the fringes of the field and keep the game flowing with minimal stoppages. If the ball goes out of play, players should be encouraged to return it to the field as soon as possible and play resumes. As the season progresses, coaches will introduce the idea of throw-ins, corner kicks and goal kicks.
Players in this age group should use a size #3 soccer ball.
U10 (ages 8 & 9), U12 (ages 10 & 11) & U14 (ages 12 & 13) - Farmington Valley League
As the players progress on to higher age groups – U10, U12 & U14 – the goal is to continue the development of the players by reinforcing basic soccer skills while introducing advanced soccer concepts.
Practices are typically held one night a week during the season. Each practice will last approximately one hour and typically no more than 90 minutes. During practice, the players continue to reinforce basic soccer skills as they are introduced to more advanced soccer drills depending on the level. Each player will continue to have his or her own ball during each drill. Please note that practices are held at the discretion of the volunteer coach based on his/her availability/work schedule, etc.
The U10, U12 & U14 teams will participate in the Farmington Valley League, which is made up of local teams that play each other – participating towns include, but are not limited to Avon, Burlington, Farmington, Granby, Harwinton, Plainville and Simsbury. The teams will play one game per weekend in the Farmington Valley League. Games are typically held on Saturday mornings, but may also be scheduled on Saturday afternoons or on Sundays. Run time for the U10, U12 and U14 games will typically be two 40 minute halves, but may vary. All children get equal meaningful playing time.
Depending on age group, the players will play on a bigger field. The U10 teams will field 7 players, one of which is a goalie. The U12 teams will field 9 players, one of which is the goalie while the U14 teams will field 11 players, one of which is a goalie.