In the Y's youth soccer programs, players are introduced to the fundamentals of the game at our clinics and leagues. They focus on good sportsmanship and are led by Y staff and volunteers in drills and games that teach the basic offensive and defensive skills and positions of soccer.
At the YMCA of the Suncoast our soccer leagues are designed to develop fundamental skills while learning teamwork, strategy, and sportsmanship. Skills taught include kicking, passing, dribbling, shooting, and the rules of the game. The focus of the league is to have fun, meet new friends and play soccer in a non-competitive environment. All coaches are volunteers at the Y and our sports staff will officiate any games.
We offer soccer for ages 3-14 years. All teams will practice once a week for one hour and play a game once a week. Participants will need to have their own ball (size depends on the age level) and shin guards for practices and games. Plus, it's a good idea to bring some water. All other equipment is provided by the Y.
Soccer for kids is a lot of fun. In our soccer leagues, the players develop an appreciation for sports and physical activity. They will practice skills while learning sportsmanship and teamwork.
The YMCA believes that character development is an essential element of sports. Caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith are valued on and off the field. In YMCA sports, everyone plays and everyone plays fair. We put safety first and emphasize positive competition. YMCA sports are for all and are played for fun.
Family involvement is encouraged. Parents become part of the Y community and enjoy supporting their children together at practices and games. Parents and friends can also be helpful as volunteer coaches, officials and timekeepers. We also have a teen program for a big brother or big sister to learn about officiating youth sports.